The cold weather brings some people indoors while others brave the icy roads
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:35:37 GMT —
The bitterly cold weather can cause deadly conditions for those without a place to go.
The Guyon Saunders Resource Center, as well as other homeless shelters around the Panhandle, play a crucial role when extreme temperatures kick in.
At Guyon Saunders, visitors can use the day room, store their belonging, use the showers, and do laundry. They can even search for jobs and meet with a case manager.
Courtney Gagan, director at Guyon Saunders, said the increase in clients during extreme weather is a yearly trend.
"Our day room becomes very full, more resources are needed. Our calls that we receive at 211 increase and people just have more needs than on your average weather day," Gagan said.
Guyon Saunders is open seven days a week.
While some most people are rushing indoors to escape from the ice and snow, some are doing their best to hit the roads.
Despite the hazardous driving conditions, the High Plains Food Bank still continued their deliveries to over 165 agencies that they serve in 29 counties.
"We have agencies that we deliver to once a month. and so if we miss that delivery, that's huge for them. It's almost impossible for us to change our plans and delivery schedules to get back to them in a timely manner," said Broc Carter, communications director of the High Plains Food Bank.
Carter said they are unable to deliver when the roads are closed, like in the case of the snow storm last February.
Carter said punctual delivery becomes an even higher priority when people are snowed in and cannot leave to get food.
"Meals on wheels and places like thatâ?¦We always want to make sure we get those deliveries to them. Because if you can't get out to get food, then that's the worst situation we can think of," Carter said.