Helping the homeless in the cold
GREENSBORO, N.C. — On cold nights, outside is the last place you want to be. For some in Greensboro, they have no other option. Homeless people are bracing for the cold temperatures. Some people will be able to get a spot in the shelters, others will use whatever they can to try to stay warm.
Street Watch is a volunteer group that does weekly check-ups on homeless individuals and homeless camps set up throughout the city.
“Typically we are the ministry that gives out tents and blankets to people that have no where to stay. Tonight all I have to give out is socks and hats,” explains Kirsten Cassell, with Street Watch.
Greensboro’s shelters are packed. The Weaver House is able to hold up to 115 people. Alphonzo Lyons is grateful to be staying at the Weaver House.
“Never been homeless, never lived in the streets, always been able to provide for myself,” says Alphonzo Lyons, who’s been at the Weaver House for the past few months.
Some people like David Gaither have already done their allowed days at the shelters. He will spend the night under a trailer.
“I got no choice to be out here. I don’t have anywhere to go,” explains David Gaither, a homeless man in Greensboro.
Groups like Street Watch are doing what they can to bring warmth and make the cold nights a little less dangerous. Since last week’s snow storm the group has been running low on supplies.
If you want to donate or help out with Street Watch you can learn more from their website www.streetwatchgreensboro.com
The latest U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows the number of homeless in North Carolina is slightly rising.
At last check, the Guilford County School system has about 2,600 students who are considered homeless.