KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Friends in Crisis Homeless Shelter in Killeen has changed its operating hours to help keep the homeless out of the cold.
Normally the doors open at three in the afternoon and people have to clear out at seven in the morning, but with the colder temperatures the staff at the shelter are keeping the doors open all day long.
Patrick Hewitt has been staying at the shelter for about a month and he says it’s great the shelter is changing their hours due to the freezing weather.
“It's good that they can help a lot of people, it's really good. I mean, a lot of people don't have anywhere to go,” said Hewitt.
Once a day the staff has to ask the people staying there to clear out for a short time so they can properly clean the building.
Suzanne Armour is the Director of Programs at the shelter, and she said they will take in as many people as they can fit.
“Homelessness can be a difficult on your health and on your immune system. So it's better to have an opportunity to get out of that cold weather and get into some place where it's warm, dry and safe,” said Armour.
Armour also say they will assess the weather daily to determine if they will need to stay open so when the temperatures do drop they are ready to take people in.
In addition to Friends in Crisis, other shelters can be contacted for those needing help, such as Jesus Hope & Love Mission at 818 N. 4th Street in Killeen.
The Cove house can be contacted at 254-547-4673, and the Salvation Army in Temple can be reached at 254-774-9996.
Additionally, the Killeen Community Center will be open 24 houras a day beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday for those seeking temporary relief, and will remain open while freezing temperatures persist.