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Albany shelter prepares for influx in cold temperatures


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: 

  • Food is always appreciated at the mission, especially fresh & canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce, meats.  These can be used in the meals the mission supplies or in food baskets given to needy families.
  • Blankets are useful at the mission and to give to local people in need.
  • Heavy coats, boots and warm clothing are needed especially for men.  New underwear and socks are always in demand.
  • Disposable diapers are needed for homeless and poor children.  Families struggling to keep warm may not have enough extra cash for diapers.
  • Toiletry articles are always in demand and short supply.
  • Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing and other donated items, provide transportation and delivery of supplies to people in need, or for assistance in serving meals.

Donations for the privately funded Rescue Mission are always appreciated, and can be made online at


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