Temperatures are again dropping below freezing outside and for many people who have no refuge of warmth, emergency warming shelters are absolutely vital.
Staff at the Warming Center tell us there are 3,000 people who they help to come inside from the painful cold and get warm and rest.
“It means a lot, because it gives me time to get my mind together and when it’s raining and stuff I can stay off the street; somewhere comfortable and lay my head and it,” a gentleman said who is enjoying getting warm Sunday night, as temps plummet.”
Emergency shelters serve to help people when other, regular shelters are just too full.
“It’s hugely important, because if they can’t get into any of the shelters, they’re going to be outside,” a warming center staff member said.
The cold can mean more than just discomfort and pain… It can be the difference in life and death.
“We’ve had clients that have been diabetic and have lost limbs because of being outside,” she added. “Obviously, you can get into all sorts of trouble from being outside. So it’s just really important to have a safe place where people can feel protected.”
The genlaman who is bunkering down there Sunday night said “It makes me feel good. Yes, it does. Makes me feel great about myself.”
The Opportunity Center is located at 845 West Amite Street in Jackson.