GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – As temperatures
drop, a Glens Falls organization is opening its doors in an effort to keep
community members safe and warm.
Kim Cook is the president of The
Open Door, an organization that helps those in need.
Cook said she couldn't sleep at
night knowing there were people in need out in the cold. The thought of people
not having a place to stay drove her to open a warming site in Glens Falls.
Braving subzero temperatures and
relentless wind is normal for the people Cook interacts with.
"It is scary for me," she said.
"It's way outside of our comfort zone, but for some of them it's normal life. They're
just used to it. It's been years. For others, they are newly homeless and
The Open Door opened a warming site
stocked with cots, blankets and food with the help of the Red Cross, the
Salvation Army, United Way and local volunteers.
"We don't know how many we're
going to have, but it's nice to know that we're finally going to have a place
here in Glens Falls for our homeless people to be in safe out of the
cold," Cook said.
For those like Jonathon Bolton, it's
a lifesaving effort.
"Without this place, I would be
on the streets tonight finding somewhere to sleep and digging out of garbage
cans to eat," he said.
It's a terrifying reality Cook hopes
"I hear all kinds of stories
where they are camping in the woods or sleeping behind a dumpster," she
But at least for Bolton, that won't
be the case any night this week, and he couldn't be more thankful.
"The men and women that
volunteer their time are very wonderful," he said.
The shelter will be open every day
it is 10 degrees or colder, or if there's a foot of snow. The Open
Door hopes to establish a permanent facility in the area.
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