People's City Mission Prepares for Cold Blast

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With below zero temperatures expected in the next few days, the People's City Mission is preparing for an increase of people looking for a break from the cold.

From a warm bed, to a hot meal, the shelter says they won't be turning anyone away. They could see as many as 100 homeless people make their way into the shelter, and are fully equipped with enough beds and blankets to keep them warm.

The People's City Mission is urging people in Lincoln to direct the homeless they see around the area to their doors. They say the cold blast that's coming through town could be deadly for those living on the streets.

"There have been people we've lost during this kind of cold snap before and we don't want anyone to get frostbite or even pass away form being in the cold," said PCM Director, Becky Painter.

They say women and children are more likely to come in when the temperatures drop, but have a harder time getting men through the doors.

"Please don't wait, if you can get here, get here," Painter said. "Take a bus or walk, do whatever you can do to to get here. We'll feed you and keep you warm."

A woman who lives at the shelter, and wish to remain anonymous, says she's thankful for PCM during the winter months.

"It's in the negatives, and no tent or bridge is going to keep you warm enough, no fire is going to be bright enough to keep you warm," said the woman at the shelter.

PCM provides three hot meals a day, and showers for those living on the streets.The Homeless Prevention Center will be open on Monday, January 6 to provide the less fortunate with coats, gloves, hats, and any other winter wear they may need.

Winter wear donations can be made at the Homeless Prevention Center on 26 and O Streets in Lincoln.