Cold weather fills Rapid City homeless shelter to capacity - KOTA Territory News

Cold weather fills Rapid City homeless shelter to capacity

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It's hard just to get from the car to work or the store in negative degree weather.

Imagine being homeless during this time.

Because of the cold, Rapid City's Cornerstone Mission is packed to capacity. Tom Golden, program director, says he sees the numbers of guests go up when the temperature goes down. All beds are full on the civilian side with 25 extra people sleeping in the basement.

Golden says those who work at the Mission are prepared for the influx of people. "You can't expect things here, it changes all the time. We have a great group of volunteers from the community who come in that we can count on, especially in the hard times like this, who are always ready to step up," said Golden.

 Paul Christensen, a guest at the mission, says the Mission saved his life. "If it wasn't for this place, I have no idea where I would be or what I would do," said Christensen. "I don't know anyone here, I don't have any family or friends here. If it wasn't for this mission iIwould be outside in the cold probably frozen like a popsicle."

Golden says staff still encourages people to go to other places during the day, but the Mission does leave the dining room open. Cornerstone Mission is always looking for volunteers and donations of winter clothes.

  

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