BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)–Homeless shelters and advocates are gearing up for the cold winter months.
“There are many people who will be sleeping outside tonight,” said Tiffany Simpson, Executive Director of It Takes a Village BR.
It Takes A Village BR began their winter outreach this weekend, handing out warm clothes and fresh chili. Executive Director Tiffiany Simpson says the non-profit is nearly out of winter donations.
“As it gets cold we’re going to have people who aren’t even experiencing homelessness, people who are living in homes with no heat,” said Simpson.
It’s the same case at the Baton Rouge Salvation Army. Those who want to volunteer at the Salvation Army can visit here.
“The cost of electricity, after all that goes up during the winter months. Then, we have high capacity because we have the homeless population that wants to get off the streets during the nights,” said Michael McGee, Program Director, Salvation Army Baton Rouge.
At St. Vincent De Paul this is their busiest months. The shelter has a plan in place when temperatures drop to 39 degrees.
“Our 39 and below plan means we open beds in all our facilities and an additional 36 in our special freeze facilites,” said Michael Acaldo, President of St. Vincent de Paul.
The non-profits leaders say they run out of men’s winter wear the fastest.
Besides donations, the organizations are in dire need of volunteers.
“We need people to come and wanting to share and show love to other members of their community,” Simpson.
“When somebody checks in to our shelter they need that helping hand up and we’re able to provide it,” said Acaldo.
The non-profits are seeking the following donations:
- Monetary donations
- Men, women, and children’s winter items such as gloves, coats and beanies
- Hand warmers
- Socks and undergarments