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Homeless Shelters Fill up as Winter Weather Approaches

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SALISBURY, Md.- It may look like fall outside but the temperature tells another story.

"We're filling up very rapidly, several calls today," said Celeste Savage, the executive director of HALO in Salisbury. "We moved some beds around so we can bring some people. We're getting calls for it."

At HALO, the demand for beds goes up when the temperature goes down. The shelter houses up to 50 women and children a night.

"When it starts getting colder the ladies are wanting to come in off the street and find that nice warm place," Savage said.

For Nancy Ulrich being outside is not only cold but painful.

"Can't sleep and it makes me hurt worse because I got a bad knee and ankle. Today has been one terrible day for me, I cannot walk without my walker," she said.

Joyce Williams was homeless before she came to HALO in February.

"It was really rough out there, nowhere to really stay. I had family but I couldn't really stay with some family members so I decided to come here," she said.

The overnight shelter doesn't take men but Savage says HALO is there during the cold winter days.

"We have our day facility which is open Monday through Friday from 8:45a.m. until 4:30p.m. which allows them to be out of the cold all day long basically," she said.

But they want to do more and need help.

"Men's coats are really desperate," Savage said. "When we have our cafe, we have our café every night we're open for dinner, we see guys coming in without coats on so we try to give them something to keep them warm through the night."

For more information on Halo go to http://www.haloministry.org/

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