Urgent Push To Get Homeless In Shelters Before Freeze

North Texas shelters are preparing for an influx of people looking for help, and there are emergency efforts happening now to make sure Tarrant County's homeless are cared for.

(Published Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)

As temperatures begin to plummet, North Texas shelters are preparing for an influx of people looking for help. A group of volunteers and medical professionals spent the day in Fort Worth trying to make sure the homeless are prepared.

46-year-old Willie has been on the streets of Fort Worth for a year after falling on hard times. He’s been waiting for life to give him the slightest of a break. As he worried about the incoming cold weather, he said his help came at the hands of angels in overcoats.

A group of volunteers and medical professionals spent the day in Fort Worth trying to make sure the homeless are prepared for freezing temperatures.

(Published Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)

Volunteers with Hands of Hope homeless outreach and medical professionals with US Veterans’ Affairs and JPS Medical Center traveled around Fort Worth; checking out areas where homeless people live.

“We want to talk to as many people as we can. We want to get to as many area locations as we can,” Janet Ramsey with Hands of Hope said. “Get the van loaded up and make sure that we do our part.”

The van was loaded with care packages that included hats, hand warmers and toiletries. The medical professionals could also give quick medical care. It all came with a warning.

“We want to give them as much forewarning as we can that tonight is going to be cold... don't try to tough it out,” John Ramsey with Hands of Hope said.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

They raced the clock, the dropping temperatures and the real life situations on the streets.

“They'll try to drink their way through it in some cases and lay down to go to sleep and may not wake up,” John Ramsey said.

They are careful to not offer items that give false security; such as tents.

“That tent very well could cost somebody their life. If those temperatures drop and they are not prepared for those temperatures to drop and they try to tough it out in a tent,” John Ramsey said.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

The real goal is to get them into shelters for the night, though most still choose not to do so.

“They may have had a bad experience or heard of a bad experience [at a shelter],” John Ramsey said.

They are not deterred though, because for every “no” there is a chance they will meet someone like Willie.

“I think if the ‘temps’ drop, I do see him at least getting on a bus and at least tonight [going] to the emergency shelter,” John Ramsey said.

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

“If not tonight then tomorrow, but we’ll be back out trying daily,” Janet Ramsey said.

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