Local shelters were ready for this early blast of winter weather just in time to help people seeking a break from bone-chilling temperatures in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
The Springs Rescue Mission (5 W Las Vegas St) has 450 beds available for overnight clients, along with the opportunity for a warm meal and a shower.
Recent improvements at the facility in Colorado Springs helps make this possible to help hundreds in a hurry.
''When temperatures drop like this, it is a clear signal that people need to find shelter, and this is really where the rubber meets the road, because people do die in conditions like this," explains Chief Development Officer Travis Williams.
Warming shelters will also be available during daytime hours at the Resource Center. Because of the cold temps, the shelter opened it's doors late this afternoon.
Groups in Pueblo have been busy trying to keep the homeless warm. Since the temporary warming shelter closed earlier this year, and the new shelter is still under construction, groups like the Pueblo Rescue Mission have been out handing out coats, gloves, and other items to keep people warm.
"I think it is important for people to understand that the homeless have a lot of patience. They are patient with this process of not having a shelter open or an evening meal that kind of thing, explains organizer Kathy Klein.
The new shelter should be complete by the end of this year. The Rescue Mission will be hosting a warm clothes drive this Saturday at the 4th Street location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.