Shelters open up so that the homeless aren't left out in the cold

Cold weather has led shelters to open up for overnight stays.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — When it comes to night time a lot of people are left out in the cold but now one nonprofit is making sure that doesn't happen.

Winter weather is here and executive director of The Van, Aaron Reddin, is making sure homeless people have a place to go. 

“We just want to make sure that everyone around us has options and has a safe place to come and get inside,” he said. 

Reddin said they open up for certain conditions. 

“When temperatures dip below 25 degrees if it's dry of below 32 degrees when it's wet or there's precipitation we open up here at Second Baptist church in downtown Little Rock and we also open up at levee church of Christ in NLR,” he said. 

Reddin said the cold weather is dangerous for anyone to be out in for long periods of time. 

“It's common for us to lose people to those kinds of elements and we want to do everything we can to make sur our neighbors have an option,” he said. 

We'll make rounds all over town for 5 to 6 hours picking up anyone that wants to come in.

Reddin said all together he is expecting 20 to 30 people at both locations and along with opening the shelter they'll be giving out blankets and providing dinner. 

Homeless people in the area said the shelter saves their lives. 

“I would freeze to death I really would,” said one homeless man. 

“It’ll save a lot of people from being on the streets and give them a warm place to go,’ said another homeless man. 

The shelter will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. then in the morning The Van will bus everyone where they want to go or to shelters that will be giving out breakfast.

If you want to make donations to the Van or volunteer, contact Reddin at 501-955-3444 or on social media @thevan.

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