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A warm place

The Rescue Mission has opened their doors to help keep those in need of a warm place safe from the extreme cold. Video by Cathie Rowand

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
The Rescue Mission showed movies in the cafeteria to get people out of the cold. Extra cots were brought out to aid those in need of a shelter.

Rescue Mission finds more space for homeless to get out of the cold

FORT WAYNE -- The Rev. Donavon Cooley wants the homeless to come in out of the cold.

The executive director of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission said its beds are full, but the facility will press all available space into service, including the organization's chapel, during weather with predicted wind chills of -30 to -45 degrees through Tuesday.

"In terms of capacity, the emergency dorm is at capacity, and we're in what we call the overflow now. If necessary, we'll put pillows and blankets in the chapel for another 50 people, and if that fills up, we will connect with our partners who allow us to use their space," he said Monday afternoon.

Those shelters include St. Joseph Hospital downtown and Pathway Community Church in northwest Fort Wayne. The mission has two buses that will ferry people to the locations, Cooley said.

Cooley said the mission fed a larger number of people than usual at lunchtime and had turned the dining room into a warming shelter for the afternoon.

Even if people are not part of the shelter's program, they are welcome to stay, Cooley said.