Utah organizations are committed to providing resources to the homeless during winter weather


SALT LAKE CITY – Thursday was a bitter day in the cold for those at risk of homelessness. Limited beds for shelters filled up across the city, and dining rooms and overflow shelters were upgraded to ensure people were prepared for the elements.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., people at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center can keep warm and avoid the snowfall outside.

“The most important thing for people who are homeless is where to go? How do you keep them dry? ”Said Randy Chappell, director of basic needs for Catholic Community Services.

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For lunch and dinner, the Catholic Church Service offers hot meals in the St. Vincent De Paul Dining Hall.

At 7 p.m., the Road Home transforms the hall into overflow accommodation that can accommodate 60 people.

Before people go back into the snow, the volunteers make sure they hand out more take-away food.

“Bad weather is a terrible thing for anyone, but if you don’t have space it turns into a worse state of freezing and possibly death,” said Chappell. “Having this space, the food and the accommodation is important for everyone.”

Members of the Nomad Alliance distributed hot chocolate, coffee and biscuits on the sidewalks.

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“We will do everything in our power tonight to save some lives and create some humanity on these streets,” said Kseniya Kniazeva, founder of the Nomad Alliance.

Kniazeva said Salt Lake City needed more housing and affordable housing.

“My heart breaks for this population. Nobody should live like that, ”she said.

The Weigand Homeless Resource Center urgently needs hygiene and winter clothing donations. Volunteers said there was a great need for sweats and proper winter shoes. You can hand in your clothes in the cafeteria from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also donate money online by clicking here.

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