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Salvation Army offers a warm place to sleep on a cold night

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It was quite cold Sunday afternoon but now that the sun went down, it was even colder.

Being outside for any length of time is not easy on days and nights like these, but for some people, they don't have a choice.

Andrew Ewald has been out of work and homeless for four months. He's grateful for the Salvation Army's 'warming center' but it doesn't open until nighttime, leaving him out in the cold during the day.

"During the day, we try to find places that will hold us up for an hour or two or we go down to the library. Any place that we're able to stay for long periods of time," Ewald said.

The Salvation Army's Major Thomas Riggs worries some people may try to sleep in a car on these cold nights. So instead, the warming center offers a comfortable place to sleep from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.

"When you're out at night and the temperature drops to 20 below zero because of the wind chill, you're just exposing yourself to all kinds of thing, frostbite and other matters of difficulties," Major Riggs said.

And the drop in temperatures caused an increase in the number of people looking for shelter.

"Our concern right now with the warming site is that we're open. that we're providing a service to the people. We're serving more than sixty now, we anticipate we'll go to seventy, seventy-five. We have a little bit of space that's left," Major Riggs said.

Having a warm place to sleep is something all of us can appreciate on a cold winter's night but until Andrew finds a job, he doesn't have a place to call home just yet.

"Right now, being as cold as it is some of the nights, we'd technically freeze to death because there's nowhere else to go. If it weren't here, I have no idea where I would be at the moment," Ewald said.

Andrew told us while he looks for a job, it helps to have a place to get a good night's sleep.

He said it's nice to have a place to shower and prepare for a job interview.  Without the warming center, he doubts he would be able to find work.

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