Tri-State Warming Shelters Providing Refuge for Homeless During Dangerous Weather

As snow continues to fall and temperatures continue to drop, tri-state warming shelters are stepping up to provide solace for those needing a place to stay for the night.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 5:00 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 5:27 PM

"Unfortunately, we do have a lot of homeless people,” said Sgt. Todd Ringle with the Indiana State Police. "Especially in the Evansville area.”

As the severe weather continues, for those who live on the streets, their situation could turn deadly quickly.

And Ringle says it is important to seek shelter.

"There are a lot of great facilities that will take you in and feed you a nice warm meal and keep you warm,” he said.

Including the Evansville Rescue Mission and United Caring Services -- which gives those who are homeless a warm place to sleep, any time the temperatures dip below freezing for three consecutive hours straight.

"They can use our laundry facilities -- our shower -- our bathroom -- they can get food,” said Krista Smith, Peoples and Programs Director at United Caring Services. “We do three meals a day -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- so they can just kind of be here as a place to hang out."

Now of course, with these bitter cold temperatures and snow blanketing the ground -- it truly creates dangerous driving conditions.

But for those who don't even have vehicles who are homeless -- using bikes and carts to move around --- having a place like United Caring Services -- is truly a refuge.

"It's obviously a great service that we're able to provide the people in need,” Board said. “And the street homeless population so that they know they can have a safe -- warm place for the evening and be able to survive the night."

In the Bluegrass, as the homeless shelters reach their capacity limits, Owensboro Christian Church is opening their doors for those needing a roof over their heads.

"It is dangerous to be out in these types of temperatures and not being covered properly,” Ringle said. “So, take advantage of those great services and get in somewhere where it is nice and warm."

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