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Mid-Michigan warming centers, shelters at full capacity

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(01/23/13) - As mother nature continues to cover Mid-Michigan with negative wind chill temperatures, Genesee County non-profits are working even harder to keep the homeless out of the cold.

"It's very hard to turn away people, nobody deserves to freeze out there," said Vicky Schultz, of Holy Angels Warming Shelter.

The last two nights, the coldest of the season, Russell Krisher found shelter at the Holy Angels Warming Center. Had he not found shelter there, he would have been on the street.

"Probably in a tent. I've got a sleeping bag right here that can go from 0-32 degrees, so I can survive," he said.

Holy Angels has exceeded capacity the last few days. The increase in need is putting a strain on their resources.

"We still have to try to continue to operate within our budget constraints. That's one problem, so we have to limit how many so in the evening we can't have 100 people, we have to limit it to 40 some, and that's sad when it's this cold," Schultz said.

For those who can't stay there at night, they do get sent home with coats and blankets, but those donations to the Community Closet are down, too, as demand has skyrocketed.

"Anybody that wants to clean out sleeping blankets, coats, anything like that," Schultz said.

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