Shelters help homeless stay warm

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The folks at Salvation Army and Faith Mission are doing their part to make sure the homeless stay fed and warm during this winter storm. 

Salvation Army and Faith Mission pride themselves on helping those that can’t help themselves. These men and women provide the homeless with a place to sleep, eat, and stay warm. Something Faith Mission client Richard Withers said it’s a relief to have a place to go.

“It’s very stressful to get caught out in the elements. Especially now, it could be fatal. I mean I’m telling you the truth, fatal,” Withers said. “I’m severely homeless. It’s sheltering me in the conditions that we are now and stuff like that. It’s saved my life,” Withers said.

Faith Mission CEO Steve Sparks said when they know the weather is going to be bad, they have to plan ahead. 

“We know having to provide three meals a day is important around here and sometimes our volunteers can’t get out in this weather so we start stocking up food and preparing more meals ourselves here so we are ready for the increase,” Sparks said.

Sgt. Toby Romack at Salvation Army said they haven’t seen much of an increase in the last 24 hours. 

“We’ve got a few people that haven’t stayed here in a while but we’ve got probably about 15 people in here right now. We are expecting more to come in tonight but we are ready for them,” Romack said.

According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 44 percent of the nations homeless go unsheltered, the people at Faith Mission and Salvation Army hope to help lower that number.

Some of the other things Faith Mission does is make sure their sidewalks and stairs are salted to ensure safety. They also send people out looking for anyone that may still be on the streets to hopefully bring them back to shelter. 

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