It takes a village to keep Baton Rouge’s homeless warm

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Baton Rouge is expecting freezing temperatures over the weekend, and when shelters fill up, some of Baton Rouge’s most vulnerable are left out in the cold. 

Lending a helping hand to those most in need is Tiffany Simpson from the community service-based non-profit It Takes a Village BR. She says, “There’s always going to be people who either don’t qualify for a shelter or who just, you know, choose not to go to the shelter.”

It Takes a Village BR is a community-driven non-profit organization. “We work primarily with people who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty, and we provide food, clothing, hygiene products,” Simpson says. 

Although the organization is not a shelter itself, Simpson says they “know the protocol of how people are supposed to go about getting shelters and try and help them to make that happen when their shelter space available.”

To keep people safe through the freezing weather, It Takes a Village BR accepts donations at Saint Vincent De Paul at 220 St Vincent De Paul Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Simpson says they are accepting “anything that people have that are weather, cold weather-related… I’m just trying to think outside the box beyond just blankets… soup, hot chocolate, thermoses they can put it in to help them stay warm.”

It does not matter if you do not have much to give. Simpson says, “We were happy to accept it… anything helps somebody.”

If you would like more information on It Takes a Village, you can visit their website HERE.

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