Homeless try to keep warm after winter storm

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. While it's been an unusually cold and frosty day for everyone in the Grand Valley, those without a warm place to spend the day and night are feeling the storm's effects even more.

"Terrible. It's just cold," said Tiffany Stevenans, who is homeless. "Last night my feet were so cold, I thought they were going to fall off. Not knowing if you're going to be able to go anywhere."

Grand Valley Catholic Outreach has a day center where some people went to dry off Wednesday morning, but it is only open until 12 p.m., so finding a place to spend the afternoon out of the elements can be a challenge.

"I don't know, I really don't," Stevenans said of her plans for the afternoon and night.

Families with children were able to stay at Homeward Bound during the day Wednesday.

"It's fairly warm in here," said Doug Karl, Homeward Bound's executive director. "It's safe and comfortable. Rather than them having to go or transport someplace, we have them here today."

The Grand Valley does not have a full-time day shelter for homeless people, but Homeward Bound is hoping to include one for women and people with children in their new family center.

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