Staying Safe from the Winter Cold


Some people have no hesitation getting out of the cold, but for others, it's not that easy.

"I never told anybody this... I was too proud to go to the mission, so I slept outside for two days and got frostbite in both of my feet. The doctors tell me it will never go away," Chris Fantroy said, wiping tears from his face.

That's something the People's City Mission hopes never happens again. Chris Fantroy has lived at the mission for almost thirteen months. At first he was ashamed to go to the mission even in freezing temperatures.

"I didn't think I was one of those guys," Fantroy said, "but after a couple months I realized that these guys are just like me, working guys trying to make it."

The same can be said for Edith Ogden, who used to sleep under a bridge.

"I guess I didn't want the stereotype of 'oh she lives at the mission, oh she's homeless,'" Ogden said.

Ogden has been at the mission for two months now, and while she isn't sleeping under anymore bridges, she still finds herself battling them everyday on her walk across the Harris Overpass.

"Ugh, that bridge is a killer," Ogden said. "The wind cuts right through you like a knife."

Both Fantroy and Ogden are happy to be out of that wind, and said had they known what they do now, they would have gone to the mission a lot sooner.


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