Homeless in the winter

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The rain, sleet and snow made it difficult to be out exposed to the elements today. 22News found out about the help available to the homeless during the winter.

Mitchell Bartels has been homeless for more than three years.  He’s traveled across the country, but came back to the place he knows best… even it it’s not the warmest.

“The snow is always the hardest thing to get through when you don’t have a roof over your head, but I was born in Connecticut,” Bartels said.

Homeless can find shelter and assistance at Friends of the Homeless on Worthington Street.

On average the Friends of the Homeless have more than 250 people stay with them everyday and many of them try to contribute and try and help out.

Executive Director of the FOH, William Miller told 22News, “When the snow hits. The guys who are staying here will be the first ones to grab shovels. You know they help out in the kitchen they help out cleaning up, doing laundry, the whole thing.”
In addition to providing shelter, FOH helps guests find permanent housing.

“If I didn’t have this I would be drenched, wet, and looking for work wouldn’t be good because of my appearance. So they have the resources here to help me out,” Justin Maynard, an FOH resident said.

“If I didn’t have this I would be drenched, wet, and looking for work wouldn’t be good because of my appearance. So they have the resources here to help me out,” Denise Rivera, an FOH caseworker and housing specialist said.

Click here to find out about the services provided by the Friends of the Homeless.

 

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