COLORADO SPRINGS – Amidst these frigid temperatures, a local warming shelter is expanding their facility to meet the increasing demand.
The Colorado Springs Rescue Mission is adding 150 new beds to their shelter, and this new addition will increase their capacity by 50%.
We spoke to one homeless man that says these extra beds couldn’t come soon enough.
Wade Hamrick and his wife are no strangers the cold, but when temperatures recently took a drop they turned to the Springs Rescue Mission for a warm bed.
Wade tells us even with the 300 beds already at the Rescue Mission, it’s cramped quarters. However, with these new beds comes a brand new atmosphere at the shelter.
“Hopeful,” described Wade, “That there’ll be more people that get in, stay warm and give everybody a chance to hopefully come and get off the street eventually.”
Staff tell us they’ve been working since September to open these beds to the public.
It’s taken them months to secure funding, partners and complete the necessary construction. Staff at the shelter tell us they’re hopeful too! They’ll keep these beds open year round with the goal that they never have to turn someone away.