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Springs Rescue Mission prepared ahead of first freeze

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As the first freeze hits Colorado Springs, the homeless population is working to find a place to rest their heads. 

The Springs Rescue Mission technically houses 200 beds, but with the cold weather they're accommodating a lot more. 

"This is something we prepare for all year round and we know what's going to happen on days like today," said Stu Davis, Director of Community Relations with the Springs Rescue Mission. 

The Rescue Mission day center opened earlier Monday ahead of the cold weather, as the season continues, hours are expected to expand. 

'The health of our guests is a major concern making sure that people on cold nights like tonight again find the shelter that they need," said Davis.

'So we can make sure the frost bite doesn't set in so that we can make sure that people are warm enough to stay healthy to be able to see tomorrow that's the first priority,' said Davis. 

The shelter will roll out mats for more guests to be able to stay, Davis says the rescue mission also takes care of people who may need help but don't want to stay at the shelter. 

This includes providing clothing, 'things to cover the head the hands and the feet in particular when it's wet like this we want to make sure that people's feet can stay protected,' said Davis. 

While the shelter is keeping up with the number of people entering its doors, expanding the dining area is a big concern as the winter approaches. 

About $2.5 million is needed in order for the expansion to happen. 

'We have a very large shelter operation now we need to bring out kitchen up to capacity to make sure that we can feed a number of people who are sheltering on campus, without making them stand outside waiting for their meal,' said Davis. 

Davis added that sometimes guests are waiting as long as 2 hours to get their meals, a 4th meal was recently added to accommodate for more people. 

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