Some Without A Home In Frigid Temps

Posted at: 01/21/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 10:46 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- With subzero temperatures, most are staying inside, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a warm home to go to. These temperatures can prove to be dangerous, even deadly, and that's what Rochester's Dorothy Day House is working to prevent.

"It's cold," said Rochester resident Tim Rollie in line to catch the bus. Weather so cold, even Minnesotans are leery of stepping outside. "Bundle up, and if it’s too cold, stay home," he said.

Rollie and a group of others were frozen just waiting for the bus to arrive. That's only waiting for a matter of minutes. Think if you were out there all day, or even worse, had to spend the night in this.

"Pretty, pretty brutal," said William Weathers. He had been out in the cold for the better half of the day, until he came to the Dorothy Day Hospitality home. "To get out of the cold, have a place to stay," said Weathers.

Actually, some people don't have anywhere to go and it's almost too cold to sleep in your car," said Freda Aarsvold, a volunteer at the Dorothy Day House. She says this winter has been busy with people looking for a place to sleep.

She just hopes people will turn to them, instead of trying to tough it out in these below zero temperatures. "It's very important because I don't think you could survive on the street tonight," said Aarsvold.

They've even had some come in not looking for a place to stay, but ways to stay warm. The hospitality home has a room full of donated clothing for this exact reason. "We've already handed out some extra coats and shirts for tonight," said Aarsvold.

William Weathers says he feels very lucky to have found this place, "Just thankful to say the least," he said. He hopes others will find a home, even if it's just for the night. "If they're in my situation, I feel sorry for them, but I hope they find shelter and keep warm," said Weathers.

As we said, it's better to stay inside on nights like these, but if you've got to go out, now's a good reminder to pack your car with extra warm clothing, just in case.