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Shelters Critical for Homeless During Dangerous Cold Weather

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When the temperature falls this low, the homeless in our community are especially at risk.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When the temperature falls this low, the homeless in our community are especially at risk.

Springfield temps barely passed zero Monday, far too cold for anyone to be outside.

Which means a packed house at Veterans Coming Home day shelter.

"As long as you're homeless and need a place to get out of the cold," Director Joe Batson said.

Batson worries when the mercury drops this low.

"The simple fact that it's so bone chilling cold people are at a risk for frostbite and actually freezing to death," he said.

People like Lisa, who seeks refuge here during the day and will stay at the women's shelter at night.

"Whatever the circumstances may be it's a very essential thing and it's a blessing that we have here," she said.

And Wulf, who said places like this are critical for the homeless.

"They're important to the point that if weren't for the various ones we would have no place to go except the library," he said.

But they don't just provide shelter. Having warm winter clothes is so important for people who come in so coats are available if they don't have one.

"We're trying to keep people warm," Batson said.

Clothes and shelter, essential elements to surviving the deep freeze for those without anywhere else to go.

Donations for that free clothing store are accepted.
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