Emergency warming stations and shelters have been set up over the past few days to prevent people from experiencing hypothermia and frostbite. Temperatures are expected to be above zero starting tomorrow and most of the shelters will no longer be available. However the Salvation Army will be open to the public through Wednesday afternoon. The below zero temperatures we have been experiencing this week are impossible to live in without the right shelter. Workers with the Salvation Army happily opened their doors to those who had no where to turn.
"I was under a bridge and it started to pile up on me," said Jaron Hardy. He is one of the almost dozen of people who are taking advantage of the Salvation Army’s rare shelter.
"I’ve never been cared for besides my family like this so I feel kind of blessed," he said.
The Salvation Army has been temporary housing to some homeless, people who no longer have a working furnace. The non-profit hasn’t had an emergency shelter in recent memory. After the city asked the organization to be on stand-by, they immediately started to prepare.
"Ran into Wal-Mart on Sunday morning and grabbed just about all the bread off the shelf," said Major Lynetta Poff who has stayed overnight at the Salvation Army since Sunday.
"It’s not the first time we've camped out at our building and it probably won’t be the last,” said Poff. When you take on a ministry like this, you know that it's not a 9 to 5 job." We had one gentleman who the police had brought in who was literally standing in front of me shivering, there was no control of it," said Poff.
The group was prepared to house 75 people and feed them three times a day only with the help of volunteers like Joseph Stellhorn.
"I’m glad that we had this opportunity, it was a learning experience," said Stellhorn.
The shelter will still be open through Wednesday at noon if you're still in need of a place to stay tonight. The shelter is at
If you'd like to help, the Salvation Army is always accepting donations at their main office.