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Local shelters ready to help those without homes escape the cold

How homeless shelters remain prepared year round.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — With record cold temperatures blowing in early, shelters plan to see an uptick in people in need of a place to stay.

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“Even though it hit us really quickly we’re constantly watching the news and this is part of what we do, so we’re always prepared,” says Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men’s Shelter Director of Operations, David Blunt.

“This is not even what we consider critical yet.”

It’s a 24-hour facility located at 2100 Lakeside Avenue in Downtown Cleveland --the largest in Ohio-- serving upwards of four hundred men per night.

If you’d like to help with monetary or blanket donations, even volunteering to serve food, click here.

“You never know what situation is going to come up and even though we are a program we do operate in an emergency stay as well,” explains City Mission’s Laura’s Home Assistant Manager, Abby Uveges.

“We’re never going to turn somebody away who’s in danger,” Uveges explains.

Laura’s Home is located on the west side of Cleveland and serves women and children. In emergency situations, the chapel becomes an overflow area with mattresses.

“We provide all the basic hygiene needs for the overflow emergency stays so that’s definitely a need that we always need around the winter months,” Uveges adds.

“As far as hats, gloves, scarves, people haven’t really thought to donate those yet, so that has been a slower process of getting those items in.”

If you’d like to assist Laura’s Home, click here.

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