ALBANY, N.Y. – As temperatures drop in the Capital Region, those who are homeless have few places to go, which means Capital City Rescue Mission will be overflowing.
"With temperatures falling below zero, and the accompanying icy winds, it becomes a life or death situation for those out on the streets," said Perry Jones, Executive Director of Capital City Rescue Mission. "Homeless men, women and children have no option. They can't stay out in weather like that."
This winter's Code Blue days and people sheltered has already exceeded last winter.
The Episcopal Diocese in Albany in partnership with Capital City Rescue Mission is offering accommodations for the Mission's overflow. Workers from both St. Peter's Church and the Rescue Mission are staging a temporary shelter at the church for the third winter.
Jones offered some suggestions on effective help for homeless and poor people during the cold weather:
Donations for the privately funded Rescue Mission are always appreciated, and can be made online at www.capitalcityrescuemission.com