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Shelters Prepare For Influx Of People Due To Cold

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Shelters are preparing for even colder weather coming next week and the influx of people that may follow.



"I can't imagine having to stay outside as cold as it's been, at least the last few days anyways," said Larry Williams, who visits Volunteers of America.

Williams is trying to get back on his feet, applying for housing at Volunteers of America and depends on this place to stay warm


Shelter officials say this is one of the busiest winters they've had in years.

"We're using every square inch we can with extra cots and extra staff and extra help from people. When the temps get this cold, it's a matter of life and death," said Darin Estep, who works with Volunteers of America.

All the local shelters in the Lansing area are working together this weekend to make sure that no one is left out in the cold.

"Everyone's gonna do what they have to do as the need arises to make sure that people are taken care of."

The Lansing City Rescue Mission is also prepping for the freezing weather.

"We have a cold weather policy that goes into place that basically means that if the regular beds get full, we begin to put mats on the floor for people who are in need," said Laura Grimwood, the communications manger for the City Rescue Mission.

Even the Lansing City Outreach doors will remain open to keep those out of the cold.

"We'll take care of anybody in need. Somebody need something, come on down, we have clothes available. We have food, shelter, during the day and we'll get hem to a place we can sleep at night," said Mark Bozzo, the director of Lansing City Outreach.

Shelters open this weekend include:

  • The Lansing City Rescue Mission for Men at 613 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing; doors open at 6p.m. and close at 7p.m.; you must have a picture ID to get in; men are invited to stay the night, but day shelter is not available
  • The Lansing City Rescue Mission for Women at 2216 S. Cedar Street in Lansing; the day shelter is open from 9a.m. to 4p.m.; the night shelter opens at 6p.m.; call ahead to see if beds are available at 517-485-0145
  • Lansing City Outreach at 601 N. Larch Street in Lansing is open seven days a week from 7:30a.m. to 7p.m.; call Mark Bozzo at 517-505-0045 is you need a ride to the shelter
  • Volunteers of America at 414 N. Larch Street in Lansing has an overnight emergency shelter seven nights a week, 365 days a year with beds for 50 men and 16 women with some capacity for children and overflow space depending on weather; the New Hope Day Center is open from 6a.m. to 6p.m. Monday through Friday; the Community Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and breakfast and dinner Saturday and Sunday--meals are all hot and free of charge; the city of Lansing also provides transportation to Advent House so clients have a place to be during the day when the shelter closes and provides midday meals
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