Shelters see spike when temperatures dip

From December to March the Room in the Inn helps the city's homeless find a place to keep warm.

Jeanette Barker said, "I am a displaced homemaker, divorced woman who never planned on this happening."

When temperatures drop, people like Jeanette Barker rely on shelters to stay warm.

A recent study shows Mecklenburg county has anywhere from 2,000-3,000 people who are homeless and many rely on shelters so they don't freeze to death.

Tom Thomas, volunteer at Room in the Inn said, "My opinion is that it's very important because they get a place to sleep and a warm meal."

The shelter will operate under its extreme weather plan which allows residents to stay inside during the day to escape the cold temperatures.

All who spend the night are offered warm meals, a warm place to sleep and access to information about additional resources available to them through the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Center of Hope is requesting donations of new or gently used sheets (twin preferred), pillowcases, blankets, washcloths, towels, and new pillows. Donations may be dropped off at 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.