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Homeless take shelter from the cold

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Curling up under a warm blanket sounds like a good idea for most of us on a cold night.

That's not so easy for those without a place to call home.

The people we call homeless are not always who you think they are...

Richard Linaman is a vet and needs a temporary place to stay.

"Down and out on my luck right now. Kind of waiting for the first of the month to get here. I just thank God that these people are here. The salvation army is here to help people like us," Linaman said.

Linaman recently came to Sioux Falls from Mitchell.

"I lost my home and everything there so I came up here because I had a VA Hospital appointment and I just couldn't get back home and back over to the Mitchell area, so that's why I'm here now," Linaman said.

Linaman has met several other vets at the Salvation Army's warming center. Major Betty Bender says others at the center may be homeless but not jobless.

"A lot of these fellows are working. Just not in jobs that pay enough for them to get a place to live," Major Betty said.

The warming center closes at 7 o'clock in the morning, but not everyone is left out in the cold.

"Some of them go to work and then the Good Shepard center is always open during the weekdays. They can go there. generally because we're open until 7, by the time they get there, that's open," Major Betty said.

Linaman hopes to be back on his feet by the first of the month, when he gets his social security disability check.

"I'll be able to get my apartment then and move into my apartment in the Sioux Falls area. Hopefully, I can give back to the salvation army too then, volunteering, cash donations, or food or whatever that they need," Linaman said.

If you would like to give back like Richard plans to Major Betty tells us you can donate your time as a volunteer or money which helps to pay the staff and keep the lights on all night long.

You can also donate snack foods, specifically those which aren't sweet and of course,  blankets.

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