Upcoming Cold Hits Homeless Hard (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Once the cold temperatures hit our area, one especially vulnerable demographic is the homeless.

There are an estimated 2,500 persons in the Fort Wayne area that are without a place to live. Once overnight lows creep into the teens and even single digits next week, it becomes even more important to find those people a warm place to stay.

That is where places and programs like the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission step in to aid those in need.

Resident and volunteer Butch Strong speaks to the importance of having living options like the Rescue Mission

"To have a place where you can get a meal and get out of the cold and think about where you're going and how to change your life - this is the place to start."

And according to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission’s CEO Reverend Donovan Coley, the possibility of ending up at a shelter like the Rescue Mission is not too farfetched for many.

"The average person, I'm being told, is three pay checks away from coming to a place like the Rescue Mission. And so let's not turn down our noses on people, but we need to come out and support individuals because the person you support may just be your friend or relative."

You can help the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission by donating warm winter coats. They are in high demand this time of year and the Rescue Mission is always accepting donations.

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