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Published January 02, 2010, 06:14 PM

More Homeless Staying At Mission

With over two feet of snow on the ground and temperatures well below zero, the Grand Forks Northlands Rescue mission is seeing a lot of people coming through its doors.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

With over two feet of snow on the ground and temperatures well below zero the Grand Forks Northlands Rescue mission is seeing a lot of people coming through its doors.

David Sena/Northlands Rescue Mission Executive Director: "With the winter coming on, we're actually keeping our conference room open in case there's overflow, last year we had an overflow situation where we had ten or fifteen people in there so were keeping that open just in case."

With temperatures hitting -35, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes or less, making it vitally important to have shelter during these times.

Sena: "It's really a life and death situation for people to make sure they have a place to come on very bitter cold days and nights like we have currently."

The mission currently has 110 residents. Numbers have steadily been increasing since august but jumped when the cold weather hit. People at the mission say they're grateful to have a place to stay when times are tough and temperatures are low.

Darin Ross/Mission Resident: "People here are grateful for the services the mission provides."

Sena: "People are happy to find somewhere where they can be for the long term to wait out these very bitter cold months."

Temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days but not by much. Executive Director Dave Sena wants everyone to know that the doors to the mission are always open.

Sena: "We wanna make sure it's always open. Twenty-four hours a day a person can get out of the cold and into somewhere warm by just coming down to the mission."

It costs twelve dollars a day to provide shelter and three meals for one resident.

If you would like to help out the mission, you can go to www.northlandsrescuemission.org

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