The recent cold blast has people turning to Central Iowa Homeless Shelter and Services.
With its new shelter, the facility is open around the clock giving people more time out of the cold.
The Mulberry St. shelter opened last year and has an additional 150-beds compared to the previous building.
When demand is high and the beds are full, people choose to sleep in chairs.
“Sitting in a chair is much better than freezing outside. That’s what we can do from keeping people dying out on the streets right now,” Ken Dohmen says.
The shelter is accepting donations of hats, gloves, and coats to help keep the homeless warm and to replenish their dwindling stockpile.