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Capital City Rescue Mission prepares for winter storm

January 19, 2019 08:54 AM

A Code Blue Extreme is in effect from now until Friday, Jan. 25 due to the cold temperatures and winter storm. Shelters are expecting see an influx of homeless people walk through their doors and they want to get them off the streets. 

The Capital City Rescue Mission on South Pearl Street in Albany is expecting to feed and house around 300 people when the storm hits Saturday night. They said people can ride out the whole storm there.

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"We use the chapel as a warming station," said Capital City Rescue Mission Executive Director Perry Jones. "So as soon as everybody is up and had breakfast, they can go in there."

Jones said luckily, they won’t have to add extra staff.

"We already have half of our people living here, half our staff," explained Jones. "We really do have an advantage of you're not trying to call people in, we might be calling people out of a wing and saying listen can you help out and they will."

The biggest thing the shelter has to deal with is crowding.

"There's always that little hustle at rush hour, but there's more than enough mats to go around, blankets as well," said Corporal Clark, who lives at the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Clark said after going through struggles in his life, he was happy to have a place to turn to. He said this weekend’s storm is a chance to not only get people off the street, but show them the Capital City Rescue Mission is more than a shelter.

"There's resources," said Clark. "People come from all over the country and they come here for some reason, people find light and hope and move forward with their life, whatever struggle they're going through."

The shelter doesn't turn anyone away who may be struggling with addiction.

"Doesn't matter that they're under the influence as long as it doesn't create a violent situation or such a disruptive situation," explained Jones.

If people are looking to help the shelter during this busy time, there’s something they can do ahead of the storm.

"They can bring men’s gloves and gloves for others, but men’s gloves are our premium right now," said Jones. "Coats, men, women and children and boots for every age or any kind of winterish footwear."

For a list of other shelters open during the storm, click here.

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Emily De Vito

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