Emergency Shelter open for first cold night of season

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Charles Denley, a homeless man in Wichita, finds a warm bed on a cold night.

“I’ve been on the streets since July,” Denley said.

He's staying at Inter-Faith Ministries’ Emergency Winter Shelter. It’s only open during the five coldest months of the year. Last year, Inter-Faith's shelters helped over 1,000 people.

“We have a lot of clients where it is a temporary homelessness issue or it’s a setback and it’s the first time that they’ve been homeless and they don’t know where to go or what to do,” Executive Director of Inter-Faith Ministries, LaTasha St. Arnault said.

For the first time this season, meteorologists predict temperatures to drop into the teens. The shelter expects a big crowd. And now you can even bring your furry friend inside with you.

“We realize that people that have pets that were living on the streets, it was a real barrier for them to get services and get connected, and so we are accepting individuals that are homeless with have pets,” St. Arnault said.

Everyone who comes to the shelter receives a bed, dinner and breakfast, all provided by volunteers.

“Last year on our coldest nights we served over 140 in this building alone and we’ll never turn anyone away,” St. Arnault said.

So men, just like Denley, don’t have to spend the night on the streets.

“I know exactly where I’m going. Right now I’m just stuck,” Denley said.

If you know someone who needs shelter tonight, Inter-Faith's Emergency Shelter will be open until 7 a-m and will reopen again tomorrow at 6 p-m.

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