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Shelters, hunger centers preparing for cold snap

8:33 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- As temperatures dip to lowest numbers we've seen all winter, there's a growing concern over our city's homeless population.

So, charitable organizations are hoping for extra mouths to feed next week.

"It can be very devastating, dealing with the elements, the bitter cold," says Glen Warner.

In Warner's short time on the streets, he luckily never had to deal with single-digit temperatures. But as a resident and worker at The City Mission, he sees members of our homeless population suffering and makes it his mission to help.

"It's a feeling of gratitude. It's good to give back and help someone who has been in the situation you have been in," says Warner.

When the temperatures dip below 20 degrees with the wind chill, the City Mission goes into emergency shelter mode. They have 105 beds on any given night, but when it's cold, extra mattresses are laid down, more meals made and cold weather supplies handed out.

"So, we're ready. Our staff is ready and we'll take and take care of whomever comes," says CEO, Rich Trickel.

On the other side of the river, the West Side Catholic Center has stocked shelves, ready to serve an extra hundred mouths each meal during the cold snap.

"We probably will extend our hours or open up a little earlier because we don't want people standing out in line," says West Side Catholic Center Executive Director Anita Cook.

Warm coffee, hot soups and shelter from the cold can mean the difference between life and death.

If you would like to donate to the West Side Catholic Center or The City Mission, click on the names of the charity within this article.

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