Hope Center working to get Lexington's homeless out of the cold

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The best way to keep safe in the extreme cold is to stay inside. Unfortunately, not everyone has a warm place to stay.

Several organizations in Lexington are working to take care of those who have nowhere to go in the frigid weather. The Hope Center is crowded with men who need a warm place to sleep.

"In our emergency shelter right now, which usually sleeps around 200, we have at least 40 to 50 extra sleeping last night and we're expecting more tonight," says Carrie Thayer with the Hope Center.

The Hope Center doesn't turn anyone away. The organization also teams up with local churches to get people off the streets.

"This is a deadly kind of cold, and we are really encouraging anyone who knows someone who is in need, who is even maybe marginally housed and does not have heat, to reach out to them," says Thayer.

The Hope Center Mobile Staff was out on Monday night, searching the city for homeless people who need to get out of the cold.

"(It) consists of a nurse and one other assistant will be out on the streets of Lexington tonight and going to all the parks to make sure there is no one out there that might need a ride to shelter," says Thayer.

They mainly combed parks, like Woodland Park, and the downtown area of Lexington.

"When it gets cold like this, it's just on an as need basis. We get calls, and we'll do a sweep," says Charles Lindsay, with the Hope Center. "We've got several clients that sleep out here year round."

Those workers with the Hope Center did find a couple of men outside on a porch along Woodland. They encouraged them to go to a shelter for the night, saying this bitter cold weather can mean life or death.

"It can get frustrating too when you know it would be better to be inside, and they don't want to," says Mary Muth, who is also with the Hope Center.

The Hope Center is also in need of donations like hats, coats, blankets, socks, gloves, and anything that will help keep these people warm.

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