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Homeless shelters welcome in those in need during the winter

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 10:27 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2021 at 9:03 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Not having someplace to go is difficult anytime of the year, but with the weather lately not having a warm place to wait out the storm can actually be dangerous. Now Tri-City shelters are welcoming people in need into their facilities.

“If they could just come into shelter, their life could be changed,” Executive Director of the Crossroads Mission Daniel Buller said.

His facility is currently housing 130 people across the Tri-Cities.

“If you think about 130 people in the Tri-Cities here, if they didn’t have a mission to go to tonight, where would they be and what would that mean to your community?” he said.

Those are just community members who seek out help, but Buller said there is so many much need out there.

“There are still people who are trying to live in their car,” Buller said. “They might live in the Walmart parking lot or one of the parks in town. That’s in all three communities there’s people who haven’t made the decision to come into a shelter. I always encourage people to still reach out to those people and encourage them to come into the shelter.”

Over in Grand Island, the Salvation Army is also opened to provide not only a room to sleep in but also meals, food and clothes for people in need.

“We always try to make them feel welcome and we help in any way we can, but you need to come let us know you need help,” Lt. Lyza Ayala said. “We can’t come find you.”

Both organizations want people to know there is no shame in asking for help and they are available for anyone who needs them.

“The lord helps those who ask and sometimes it’s going to an agency,” Ayala said. “We have an agency here with people who want to help but again we can’t help you again if you don’t come.”

“When we go through difficult times, we’ve all been through a difficult year, but one of the things that it does is the community comes together to meet each other’s needs and that’s how we survive difficult times,” Buller said.

Both locations are always in need of volunteers and donations. For more information on how you can help them, you can visit their websites below.

Grand Island Salvation Army

Crossroad Missions

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