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Michigan warming centers open for homeless

Dec 1, 2014

Warming centers around the state offer a safe place to spend the night.
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As the weather gets colder, warming centers are opening their doors around the state.

In Flint, the Catholic Charities Holy Angels Warming Center runs 24/7, starting today through the end of March.

It’s not intended as a shelter, just a safe place out of the cold where people can get a meal.

But Catholic Charities’ Vicki Schultz says people end up staying permanently over the winter.

The center can fit about 65 people a night and is intended for adults, but last winter was so brutal, 179 kids came in over the season.

"We saw moms that had gotten thrown out of apartments that came in with three or four young kids, so we worked with them to try to get them some other sort of housing,” says Schultz.

She says they need donations like blankets, pillows and food.