The Salvation Army opens shelter

By Sheri Falk - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Salvation Army is giving the homeless and folk's without heat in their homes, a place to escape the bitter cold for the next few days.

In Hattiesburg, the Salvation Army's shelter opened for what's called a "white flag" night, that's when temperatures dip below freezing.  Dozens of men and women can be housed in this shelter. Evening and  morning meals are provided, as well as warm blankets and jackets, for those who take shelter from the cold.

Lawanda Sumpter, Director of Social Services said, "we do have rules here, in order to keep a good place. One of the rules that we try to enforce is making people sign in and provide identification if they have it."

Since they provide meals, Sumpter said, no food is allowed in the dorm area. This month alone, the shelter has housed more than 100 people.

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