Shelters work to keep homeless safe in dangerous cold

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- With temperatures dropping below zero this week, area shelters are doing what they can to get everyone off the streets and into a warm bed.

The Catholic Action Center says it’s had close to 200 people staying here every night over the past week with these temperatures well below freezing and say it continues to expect to see that many people staying here well into the next week.

The center only has around 130 beds but due to the frigid temperatures has been allowing folks without a bed to sleep in chairs in their dining area.

To try and make it a little more comfortable for these people the center partnered with mountain comprehensive care, who it shares the building with, and opened up an overflow room with an extra 30 beds, something it says has been great for some of their people who may need a little extra help.

“They’re a quieter place where people who are challenged, people who, it’s too much for some of our people to be in the mix of so many people all the time particularly those who are mentally ill. Well they deal with mental illness and they deal with addictions and they’re case managers,” said Ginny Ramsey with the Catholic Action Center.

The center says anyone wanting to help can donate jackets and cleaning supplies and if you want to volunteer you are more than welcome to come out to the center and help with the Compassionate Caravan starting at 6 p.m. every single night this week.

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