Homeless seek shelter during cold snap

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 9:45pm

As temperatures drop to the twenties, many of us are huddling up in our homes with the heater on. The homeless don't have that same luxury.

Wade Loper talks to himself and roams downtown Shreveport everyday.

When asked how he copes with the temperature drop he answered, "We do the best we can. I have mediation in my pocket. We go to the hospital on occasions. That's how we make it."


He also mentions that he stays at the Rescue Mission homeless shelter at nights which is what helps him get through.     


Places like the Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army's emergency shelter serves as a refuge for many.


Michael Howard, a recovering alcoholic, is from south Louisiana. He moved up to Shreveport for a chance at a better life.


While searching for a job as a cook, he has been staying at the Salvation Army. It's been four four days now and he says when temperatures are well below freezing, a warm place to stay can literally save someone's life.


"The night before last I think it was down to the twenties. I probably would have frozen had I been outside."


Michael is only one of the 85 homeless people in the Salvation Army's Shreveport shelter right now.


Lakesha Moseley who is the director at the shelter says they never turn people away.


"Last night we took in about six men and we expect a few more tonight as the temperatures drop."


Shelter Coordinator, Monique Bryant says they have seen about two dozen more people check into the shelter since the cold snap.


"We do get a lot of hats and scarves around this time of year. We do make sure our residents, upon leaving the building, are equipped with those."


The Salvation Army is inviting people to volunteer and to donate whatever they can to make a difference in someone's life.


Bia Roldan is a general assignment reporter for KMSS. Email:biar@kmsstv.com. Twitter: @biaritzroldan


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