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Southeast Texas homeless residents seek shelter from the cold
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull - FOX 4 News
With cold weather over the weekend, the dropping temperatures can cause major concern for people without any shelter. On a cold night, a hot meal and a place to sleep are invaluable.
"This is my first time coming here," Jerome Anderson said. "I come in for, to stay out of the cold weather."
He said he planned to stay at The Salvation Army Saturday.
"I just come here last night to stay out the cold weather because it's too cold for people to be walking out there," Anderson said.
He sat in the cafeteria at The Salvation Army with his friend, Lawrence Elam.
"I had nowhere to go and, you know, I'm pretty messed up with my family and everything, you know, it's just a heartbreaking feeling," Elam said.
The two walked more than a mile across town for bread and hot coffee at The Salvation Army's weekend warming station.
"I'm grateful you know what I'm saying, that I have somewhere to go.," Elam said. "If it wouldn't be for these people I don't know what people would do."
With temperatures in the upper thirties throughout the next several days, things many people take fore granted can become major concerns.
On especially cold nights, The Salvation Army provides more than a free meal. The shelter provides a free place to stay.
Joseph Kemp is the shelter's monitor.
"We always see the same people coming for supper every day. But when the weather gets cold I see people I haven't seen in a year," he said.
With rain and cold weather, Kemp said the number of people staying at the shelter can double.
"To a lot of people it's the difference between enjoying life and being miserable," Kemp said. That's where emergency shelter comes in, providing a food, shelter and warmth for those in need on a frigid night.
The Salvation Army will also hand out blankets and linens during the week.