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Homeless shelter sees more guests as temps fall

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 07:01:06-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the temperatures continue to call further below freezing, the state's largest homeless shelter is upping its efforts to keep people out of the cold.

Chandler, is a first-time guest at the Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men, said he's seeking protection from the cold. 

"It's been a journey," he said. "I'm glad I wake up every day, really. I'm just happy to be alive."

He's not alone. Monday night, Wheeler Mission housed 320 men, while its capacity is 200. 

"If this place wasn't here, I think most of these people would be passed away on the streets -- it's so cold outside," Chandler said.

Steve Kerr, the chief development officer of Wheeler Mission, said it's his goal to change one life per day.

He said the mission is constantly in need of items and financial support.

"Anything you think you could use to protect yourself from the weather, we could use too."

To help donate to Wheeler Mission, visit WheelerMission.org.

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