Cold weather has shelters packed - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Cold weather has shelters packed

Posted: Updated:
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

With the frigid weather setting in, shelters are ramping up services.

The Mission of Hope Shelter House in Cedar Rapids is already at capacity, but shelter officials say they're trying everything they can to make sure there's not anyone on the streets during these frigid temperatures.

Martin Dwyer is the executive director of Mission of Hope.  He says this time of year, it's brutally cold outside and when people find shelter, his staff rejoices because those in need are able stay warm overnight.

"If someone needs shelter throughout the night, we are prepared to answer that call," said Dwyer. "We'll go to sleeping bags on the floor if we have to, to keep someone out of the cold in the middle of the night."

Paul Elkins stays at the shelter for now, he helps stock food throughout the day at the facility's food pantry.

Although he's in need, helping others is still very important.

"This is actually the first time I've had to use the shelter," said Elkins. "I usually have a home, but coming to this has a lot of benefits to it. [Helping others is] very important, I like meeting different people and helping the best I can."

Mission of Hope has 14 beds and all are being occupied, but shelter officials say no-one will be turned away.

"Our hearts go out to all those that need a place to stay and stay warm," said Dwyer. "This time of year it's deadly outside. So we rejoice when people find us so they can star warm overnight."

Dwyer says he expects to see a few more people come in Saturday night, as the temperatures begin dropping.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Body found in Waterloo, police search for AJT Auto Repair owner

    Body found in Waterloo, police search for AJT Auto Repair owner

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:42:02 GMT
    Anthony Tronca, 43, of WaterlooAnthony Tronca, 43, of Waterloo
    Waterloo Police are searching for the owner of a local auto repair shop in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man and the discovery of a body near Highway 218.More >>
    Waterloo Police are searching for the owner of a local auto repair shop in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man and the discovery of a body near Highway 218.More >>
  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:32 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.More >>
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...More >>
  • Discipline vs. Child Abuse

    Discipline vs. Child Abuse

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:29:39 GMT
    It's the question that is being asked all across the country tonight - including right here in Iowa. When it comes to disciplining our children, how far is too far? It took a major NFL star to be indicted on child abuse charges to renew the conversation. The pictures tell the story - a four year old - beaten with a switch. Cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles, legs, scrotum - and defensive wounds to his hand. His father, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, admits he gave...More >>
    It's the question that is being asked all across the country tonight - including right here in Iowa. When it comes to disciplining our children, how far is too far? It took a major NFL star to be indicted on child abuse charges to renew the conversation. The pictures tell the story - a four year old - beaten with a switch. Cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles, legs, scrotum - and defensive wounds to his hand. His father, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, admits he gave...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.