Winter shelter will remain open because of weekend cold

By Sia Nyorkor, snyorkor@kwch.com
Published On: Jan 03 2014 09:44:05 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 10:24:10 PM CST
(Wichita, Kan.) -

When the temperature drops, some people don't have a place to go.

Now one local charity is giving those people a warm place to stay.

Forecasters say arctic winds are blowing in and temperatures could be below zero by the weekends end.

Which is why Inter-Faith Ministries is opening their doors a little longer.

"Knowing that we're having this horrific cold air, cold temperatures, that can really be fatal in not too much time and knowing this will happen on a Sunday when not too much is open, is said to the staff, we need to keep the shelter open," said Anne Corriston, Executive Director.

The shelter is normally open nightly, closing in the mornings. But this coming Sunday, they will remain open all day.  The staff is expecting a full house and are prepared to serve.

Friday evening, many stood huddled outside in the cold to secure their spots for the weekend.

Earlier this week, Wichita police found a homeless man dead under the Seneca Street Bridge.  They say, he likely froze to death because of the extreme cold. 

Corriston says it's one of the main reasons why Warming Souls will remain open for the day but says there are other reasons why homeless people come to their place.

"It's the warmth of human companionship and people who care, it's a place where people are welcome and they matter and we care about them," said Corriston.