No Shelter For Some From The Cold

The wind is whipping across Greenville and Eastern Carolina, and everywhere you look, people are bundled up in heavy jackets, scarves and gloves - hurrying to get inside out of the cold.

But for some, like Rusty Craft, getting in out of the cold is not possible. Craft is homeless and says he hasn't seen weather this bad in a long time. Aside from his jacket, he has just a sleeping bag to keep warm.

The director of the Greenville Community Shelter says she worries about the homeless facing the elements, and says the shelter is doing emergency cold weather intake right now - meaning people who need a warm place to stay at night can stay at the shelter for up to 72 hours. The only problem is that right now, the shelter can only accept women because the men's side is full - so men like Craft are stuck in the cold.

Craft says, "You have to go to the laundry mat or just keep walking at night. Just keep walking - if you sit still, you'll freeze, so you gotta keep moving."

The Greenville Community Shelter says it's allowing people living there to spend the day inside right now because of the extreme cold. Normally, healthy people are asked to leave at 8:00 a.m. and can return at 6:00 p.m.

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  • by Clem on Dec 14, 2010 at 03:29 AM
    violating building codes might be a factor in the area churches with big gyms and fellowship halls; but i hear ya matt
  • by Matt Ress Location: NC on Dec 14, 2010 at 03:01 AM
    Not to be pointing fingers...but, where are all the area churches, with their big gyms and fellowship halls? Why are they not helping...
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Remember to honor Mr. Craft by your prayers and kindness for you may be entertaining an angel, unaware...
  • by Grateful Location: Washington NC on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    It is by God's grace that all of us are not in this man's position. So many of us are living paycheck to paycheck...throw in a disability or mental illness and it is easy to see how some people can wind up on the streets.
  • by Shivvering on Dec 13, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    It seems that even if all the beds are taken in the shelters, a pallet could be made on the floor for those who need shelter. It's easier to find Summer shade than get out of the Winter cold.

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