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Homeless seeking shelter as temperatures drop below freezing

The first freeze of the season has people without homes looking for shelter. One place the homeless may turn to is the Dothan Rescue Mission.

The first freeze of the season has people without homes looking for shelter. One place the homeless may turn to is the Dothan Rescue Mission. The mission’s marketing director Chris Grandstaff said as temperatures continue to fall the more people they expect to see at the rescue mission.

The  shelter had 28 beds available for men, women and children early Tuesday afternoon. Grandstaff said once those beds are full they would find space.  He said they refuse to turn anyone away in the cold. “When we have open beds available it allows them to come in and get a hot shower, a warm bed, and hot food. It’s a dangerous thing to their bodies to be out there when it’s this cold.”

Grandstaff said sometimes the homeless refuse to come to the Rescue Mission for shelter. He said they try to keep warm any way that can even if that means living in abandoned homes

This time of the year is also busy for first responders. The Dothan Fire Marshal said they see  the most house fires during the colder months and that’s because people aren’t properly using their space heaters,

Chris Etheredge suggests placing your space heaters three to four feet away from bed lines and curtains. He said remember to unplug your space heaters before leaving work the next morning. It reduces the risk of a house fire.

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