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Shelters Prepare for Cold Weather

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Saturday's overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the upper teens, but the wind chill will make it feel below zero. It's the start of cold stretch that's expected to go into next week.

The cold weather can pose a dangerous and potentially deadly situation for those without a roof over their heads.

"You can die on the streets if you don't have the proper shelter or appropriate clothing," said Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President for Volunteers of America.

That's why Jor-Dan Finch is doing what he can to avoid sleeping on benches and under bridges. "I'm couch surfing, sleeping at the homeless shelters, things like that," said Finch. "I've got a decent coat. You pretty much just dress in layers. I try to stay warm."

Saturday, Finch stopped in for a hot meal at the Advent House Ministries which runs a day shelter on the weekends. It's located near Oakland Road and MLK in Lansing.

Susan Cancro, the Advent House Ministries' Executive Director told 6 News the number of people stopping in to get food is on the rise. "It's been very crowded," said Cancro. "We're expecting to see a lot more as it gets colder."

Overnight shelters are seeing a bigger crowd too. The City Rescue Mission of Lansing says people are coming to them to find a warm place to sleep.

Volunteers of America is already near capacity and has some sleeping on the floor. However, Patterson says they're prepared for an even bigger crowd next week and will open another facility if needed.

"This isn't our first year of harsh weather," said Patterson. We're organized and we're ready to take care of folks to make sure that no one freezes to death in Lansing."

It's something Finch is thankful for as he figures out his next step in life.

"I'm just trying to get back on my feet," said Finch. "I don't want to be in this situation, but you know I'm doing alright. It's been tough, but you gotta stay positive."

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