Homeless Shelters Busy in the Cold

Updated: 01/22/2013 7:23 AM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles

The shelters are open and full, but their work doesn't end inside. Folks with the Salvation Army will be outside tonight.

They'll take a van out, and drive around the city looking for those who are in trouble and may need a safe, warm place overnight.

On one of the coldest days in years, it can be downright deadly outside.

"It was cold last night so some of the die hard people who don't want to come into the shelters come in," said Envoy Hill Miller with The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army housed more than 450 people Sunday night, on a normal winter day guests are sent outside when the sun goes up and welcomed back in at night, but on days like this the doors stay open all day.

In St. Paul the Dorothy Day Center served more than 230 people overnight, many sleeping in mats on the floor, thankful they weren't outdoors.

Workers are keeping an eye out for cold weather injuries.

Both centers are working overtime to provide for those in need.

Miller reminds all of us, a little help can go a long way.

"We need blankets, towels, sheets, gloves, socks and hats, with the amount of people we're serving its just hard to keep stuff in the building."

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On one of the coldest days in years, it can be downright deadly outside.

"It was cold last night so some of the die hard people who don't want to come into the shelters come in," said Envoy Hill Miller with The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army housed more than 450 people Sunday night, on a normal winter day guests are sent outside when the sun goes up and welcomed back in at night, but on days like this the doors stay open all day.

In St. Paul the Dorothy Day Center served more than 230 people overnight, many sleeping in mats on the floor, thankful they weren't outdoors.

Workers are keeping an eye out for cold weather injuries.

Both centers are working overtime to provide for those in need.

Miller reminds all of us, a little help can g