Local organizations provide shelter for the homeless during brutal temperatures


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s no surprise the frigid, cold temperatures Mid-Michigan is experiencing are brutal.

When out for a drive you may notice the person standing on the corner in need of help but more importantly…they’re in need of a warm place to stay.

“There’s extra dangers in the winter obviously because some people do sleep outside and they can’t at this point, it’s not good,” said Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux.

Haven House is a homeless shelter in East Lansing and Mayeaux says homelessness is brought to light more frequently this time of year when in reality, it’s an on-going issue.

“Winter time doesn’t make a difference for homelessness, it’s always around year round,” Mayeaux stated.

She says there are places those on the streets can go to escape the cold.

“Lots of the downtown shelters, Volunteers of America and the Mission will open up additional space whether its beds or the chapels because we don’t want anyone to stay outside,” said Mayeaux.

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is one of those places.

Director of Men’s Ministries Randy Barton says the shelter takes in more than a hundred people every night.

“On an average night, we’ll have about 150 folks that will stay with us, those numbers right now are closer to 170,” Barton stated.

Barton says the Mission offers food, a warm place to sleep and a temporary place the homeless can call home.

“With it this cold we are in our cold weather policy so if someone comes at any point we will do our very best to make sure they’re out of the cold,” Barton added.

And with these bone-chilling temperatures, shelters want you to know it’s important that getting inside isn’t an option, it’s a lifesaving move.

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