Rescue mission

Durham Rescue Mission sends teams to find the homeless and provide shelter before possible snowfall

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DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – Three teams from the Durham Rescue Mission search the community for homeless people sleeping outdoors ahead of possible snow on Monday.

The search is part of the Durham Rescue Mission’s ‘Operation RESCUE: Warm Shelter’.

According to the Mission’s press release, many homeless people “do not have access to weather reports and are unaware of the cold temperatures and rain/snow forecast for the Triangle”.

Rob Tart, President and CEO of DRM, said: “It’s the first cold weather of this winter season. It is imperative that we let homeless people know what is in front of them. It has been very hot the past few days and many are unprepared for the weather ahead. We want to make sure everyone has appropriate clothing and the option of accommodation.

Search teams left the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope at 10 a.m. to search for those in danger and provide them with a warm place to stay.

Strong storms rolled through the region early Monday and brought extremely high rains and winds that reached 49 mph in parts of the Triangle. Temperatures drop steadily and snow is possible until the early afternoon hours in central North Carolina. Temperatures tonight are expected to drop into the low 20s.

When there is snow, freezing rain and/or ice, the greatest threat to the homeless population is hypothermia, because “nobody can stay warm when they’re wet from these freezing temperatures,” the statement read.

Everyone who chooses to stay on the rescue mission will benefit from warm shelter and hot food until the cold weather is over.