Emergency shelter keeps doors open all day Monday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

With wind chills dipping to negative 20's, it’s become very important that no one stays outdoors. That’s why one emergency winter shelter chose to keep their doors open all day.

"Oh, I couldn't imagine being out there all day. Just couldn't do it. It's too cold,” Inter-Faith Ministries volunteer, Jodi Kirkland said.

Inter-Faith Ministries emergency shelter primarily offers a hot dinner and a warm place to sleep overnight, but due to the bitter cold temperatures and Wichita’s wind chill advisory, they felt they had to keep their doors open.

"People need some place to go, no matter their circumstances. These are part of our community,” Inter-Faith Ministries Executive Director, Garland Egerton said.

There are several Wichita organizations that look after the homeless population. When temperatures get below freezing, it's especially important that they have a place to stay, along with a hot meal.

"Our goal is to provide a safe, secure place for men at this facility, women at the facility across the street, to come in and get out of the elements. Obviously with the cold and extreme wind chills we're having, it's real important to have this type of facility available,” Egerton said.

Even the cold weather couldn't keep away volunteer Jodi Kirkland. Kirkland, alongside her family and friends, chose to lend a hand.

"It's really humbling. I sure wouldn't want to be out there in the cold with no food,” Kirkland said.

Egerton says it's necessary to have volunteers, like Kirkland, who see the need and step up to help.

"It's just to get people off of the streets in the very worst weather. Our community is great about supporting organizations and helping folks out and this is just an example of that,” Egerton said.

Inter-Faith's emergency shelter is open from 6 P.M. to 7 A.M.

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