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Oklahoma City's homeless seek warmth as temperature drops

With a low of 13 degrees on Wednesday, Oklahoma City's homeless population sought refuge in shelters to keep warm.
BY ADAM KEMP akemp@opubco.com Published: December 26, 2012

Thurman said the three biggest shelters — City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Jesus House — open their doors to everyone when the temperature drops below 32 degrees.

To accommodate the number of homeless trying to come in from the cold, City Rescue Mission put down mats in the hallway to give people a place to sleep.

Lisa Combs, executive administrator for City Rescue Mission, said 450 people have been staying at the shelter.

“They are always grateful to have a place to spend the night, in a place that's warm, so we always make sure that's available to them,” Combs said. “They are always really thankful to have a place when it's really this cold.”

Robinson said he's still not very thrilled with the situation he's in with his girlfriend but that he's definitely thankful for the place to keep warm.

“It's definitely better than being out in the cold,” he said. “At least I'm alive right now, that's how I look at it.”


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