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Springfield Homeless Get A Helping Hand To Stay Warm

Springfield Homeless Try to Stay Warm (WRSP)

As temperatures dip below freezing, the emergency shelters throughout central Illinois are filling up quickly. At Helping Hands, their goal is to make sure everyone has a place to stay.

Winter weather has arrived. With subzero wind chills, it's dangerously cold and homeless people throughout the Springfield area have few options for safety. Helping Hands is one of those options.

"As we see it get colder and colder, the numbers keep increasing," said Amy Voils with Helping Hands.

"We are one of the only places that are open throughout the day," said Sara Becker with Helping Hands.

They're extending day hours and staying open on the weekends to make sure everyone has a place to keep warm.

"They can come in anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of noon to one. They can come in for coffee or at 10 o'clock we start showers and we do a computer lab," said Becker.

Between Helping Hands and the warming shelter, they can house about 105 people over night, but there are some requirements.

"We cannot take sex offenders. They cannot be on the registry, but otherwise they have to have a valid ID We have to be able to see who they are," said Voils.

The shelters do their best to feed, clean, and keep the vistors comfortable. They also offer extended services to help with jobs and money management.

"We case manage a large majority of them. Whether it be our payee program, their social security income and managing their budgets and helping them live within their means to our permanent housing program," said Voils.

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