Here in Fort Wayne, the season's first prolonged stretch of cold weather is here, and the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is prepared to assist those seeking refuge from the elements.
With the temperature now below 40 degrees, the Rescue Mission has begun welcoming people inside their warming shelters. At 10 or below, and if space requires it, the chapel will be opened up for more room.
The large intake of people in sub-freezing temperatures was one reason why the rescue mission saw a need for expansion. The current facility has 114 beds, but the new building under construction at Washington and Lafayette will have 325.
"We're going to triple the size, and folks are going to be served with dignity," Donovan Coley, president and CEO for the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission said. "We have often told people that we're not building a bigger barn. We're just building a facility that will immediately give dignity and respect to the people that we are called to serve."
To help combat the cold, the Rescue Mission is always accepting donations in the form of coats, hats and gloves.