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Local Organizations Help Homeless during Cold Weather

As freezing temperatures descend on the region, those on the streets will need a place to stay warm. Several local organizations are there to help.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As freezing temperatures descend on the region, those on the streets will need a place to stay warm. Several local organizations are there to help.

Community Missions of St. Joseph provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men throughout the year.
They also offer a seasonal shelter for when the weather gets cold. The problem for those this week however, is their seasonal shelter does not open until December 30th.

"Funding is limited," Community Mission's Dave Howery said. "It costs $7,000 a month to provide that service. We want to make sure that we're open on the coldest days of the winter."

The overnight shelter will be open until March, but their goal is to eventually have more services on their campus.
They can achieve this goal through more funding.

In the meantime, Community Mission works with the YWCA and the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army of St. Joseph is open year round, but gets even more busy when the temperature drops.

"Around this time of year, we get very busy," Director Jolene Walters said. "Our beds are usually full and unfortunately we have to turn away many people every day."

Both organizations rely on donations and community support to run their services.
You can donate coats by dropping it off at their facilities.

Money donations can be made by visiting both organization's websites or by calling them directly.

Salvation Army
(816) 232-5824

Community Missions
(816) 390-8884
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