Friday, 29 December 2017 15:44

Staying warm at homeless shelters Featured

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BANGOR - The brutal cold winter is taking it's toll on everyone, including the homeless.


Executive director Boyd Kronholm said "We have 38 beds and 5 overflow and right now they're pretty much full to capacity."


Not everyone has a warm place to call home. The bitter cold temperatures have homeless shelters struggling to find room for everyone who needs a place to stay.


"We put the cots up there so we could house an additional five people on cold nights" said Kronholm.


"During the day people are in and out of here I would say probably another 50 people coming in and out to either use our food pantry or soup kitchen, or just to stay warm and have something to eat" said Kronholm.


One resident says he relies on the shelter to get by.


Brian Collins said "Basically if you come back everyday you're going to be in the same bed so it's kind of nice not changing beds everyday. Like some shelters your sleeping here one night sleeping there the next night, and you might not even have a bed."


He says he can count on the shelter for items he needs.


"I actually I think I only had like one or two pair of clothes when I got here" said Collins.


The shelter is looking for donations, especially as the frigid temperatures continue.


"This time of year we can use gloves hats mittens anything to stay warm. Some people are homeless they come here during the day some people just are living on their own, but everyone needs something to have to stay warm" said Kronholm.


"Some folks who don't get in at night can use a few extra blankets to help keep off the cold" said Kronholm.


He says the support they get from the community is overwhelming.


"There are people donating money, food, clothes things to get warm and people come in to volunteer all the time" said Kronholm.


"It's definitely cool how people participate to help out" said Collins.

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