Salvation Army provides shelter from the cold

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With the temperatures expected to drop into the 20's overnight, many of the homeless people in the area will seek shelter at the Hattiesburg Salvation Army's Center of Hope.

The center has 43 beds with a segregated men's and women's side. There is also room for children. Those who go to the shelter will be fed dinner and breakfast.

The shelter opens each evening at 5:00, but has a policy where they keep it open 24 hours a day when the temperature falls below 45-degrees.

"Whenever it gets to be really cold we do have a big turnout of those who are homeless who come through the door seeking shelter," said Captain Francis Gillian, Hattiesburg Salvation Army. "We certainly encourage if anyone is needing shelter to get away from the cold to come to the Center of Hope an we'll have a bed for you."

The Salvation Army warming center and shelter in Laurel is also open overnight for those wanting to get out of the cold.

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