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Charities work to protect people from the cold

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(01/23/13) - The bitter cold temperatures can be life threatening for those who have no place to call home.

All over Mid-Michigan, charities are working to protect people from the elements.

"It's very important because you've got people who ain't got no place to go, they are out on the streets. They have no where to live," said Jeff Rowloff, volunteer.

Those people always have a warm place to go in Bay County. The Salvation Army opens its doors to anyone in need of a hot meal, cup of coffee or just someone to talk to.
"Just a feeling of satisfaction of knowing the cold weather is not going to beat them down or up," said Major Michael Myers, of the Salvation Army.

The freezing temperatures motivated one volunteer at the organization to do a little more to help people stay warm this week.

"She said, 'Major, can I stay a little extra this week because it's so cold from 3:30 to 7:30?' So this week, 30 degrees or colder, the Salvation Army from 9-7:30 will keep our doors open for anybody who needs to get out of the cold weather," Myers said.

The doors are also open at the Good Samaritan in Bay City - the rescue mission is a division of the City Rescue Mission in Saginaw.

"Last night between the city rescue mission and good Samaritan rescue mission, we helped serve a little over 180 people, so people that would be out in the cold or in different circumstances," said Dan Streeter, of the Rescue Mission.

Both the Salvation Army and Good Samaritan say they always work to help those who are down on their luck.

"365 days a year we are providing three hot meals, we are providing a nice warm bed and place to be able to stay and to get out of the elements and to be able to help get set in the right direction," Streeter said.

Both Good Samaritan in Bay County and the City Rescue Mission in Saginaw still have beds available for those in need Wednesday night.

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