Local homeless shelters full ahead of cold and snow

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It is a place of safety and refuge for Victoria Rood and her son, Nicholas.

Homeless and needing a warm place to live, the two have been staying in The Salvation Army's family shelter for nearly a month.

Rood said she came to this shelter because she knew they would welcome her.

"They care about you. They care about if you're healthy. They would rather you be somewhere where it's warm," Rood said.

With Central New York winter weather moving in quickly, and expected to stick around for the next few days, many people like Rood and her son are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep.

"We're at capacity. We have all 81 beds full," Allison Brooks, The Salvation Army emergency services director, said.

The Salvation Army is in the midst of the busiest time of the year.

Brooks said the family shelter is full and they have had to house several families in a hotel.

"We open up as many shelter beds as possible in this community during the cold weather. Sometimes, shelters have people sleeping on chairs and cots," Brooks said.

Brooks said it takes a lot of donations to give families a warm bed and three meals a day.

Even though the holidays are over, Brooks said they still donations to care for Rood and others.

"They treat you with a whole bunch of respect," Rood said.

The Salvation Army shelter is not the only packed house in town.

The Rescue Mission was full Tuesday night and they expect to fill all 183 beds again Wednesday night.

To make a donation to The Salvation Army's "Fight the Freeze" campaign, text freeze to 91999.

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