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Rescue Mission prepares to help folks in need during next week’s sub-freezing temps

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) – Rescue Mission officials urged folks in need to find shelter as they prepared their workers to help people during next week’s sub-freezing temperatures.

Wind chills are forecast to perhaps drop to 40 below zero degrees by next week.

Residents at the Rescue Mission said the deadly freezing temperatures are forcing people in need to find a warm place to stay.

“I don’t think some of these guys have enough clothing to stay warm in that weather and I definitely hope they make it in here,” Patrick Oyer, a Rescue Mission resident said.

“It can kill you,” John Craig, a Rescue Mission resident said. It can kill you in a very short time. So you need to get to a shelter.”

Rescue Mission officials said they are expecting more people than usual due to the extremely cold temperatures.

Officials said they are prepared to move furniture and reorganize their rooms to accommodate the extra people.

“We don’t want anybody to endure that cold of weather,” Jared Ballenger, a Rescue Mission worker said. “I lived in Indiana most of my life…I mean that’s cold. They can actually come in here and get on a cot and have a blanket and a pillow and actually be warm while they sleep.”

Residents at the Rescue Mission urged people in need to come to the shelter.

“We don’t want to see them out in this cold, contact us,” Craig said. “We will get you a place to stay.”

Officials of the Rescue Mission said women and children are also welcomed to stay in their lobby during the day. They said they have other facilities they can suggest for them to stay during the night.

If you know of anyone that is in need of a place to stay, contact the Rescue Mission at 260-426-7357.


Louie Tran

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