With the city's homeless bracing for another night of sub-freezing temperatures. area homeless shelters braced for full houses.
“Any time the weather drops below 50 degrees, we open what we call our Cold Night Shelter program,” said Capt. Patrick Gesner, Commander of the Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend.
The Salvation Army’s shelter on Josephine Street has 141 beds, but when the temperature falls, organizers make room.
“On cold weather nights we usually can house another 30-35 by putting mats on the floor,” said Gesner. “Last night, we had about 10 to 15 additional people.”
At the shelter, warm hearts aren't all the homeless find.
“We make sure there's a warm meal,” said Gesner. “We also make sure they have bedding, whether it be a mat with pillow and blanket so they can sleep overnight.”
Officials expected an additional 10-to-15 people Tuesday night, which would put the shelter close to capacity. If the Salvation Army fills, volunteers work with other shelters so everyone has a place to stay warm on a cold night.
“It usually doesn't get this cold here in South Texas,” said Gesner. “We want to make sure no one is left out freezing.”
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