Salvation Army helps homeless during freezing temperatures - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Salvation Army helps homeless during freezing temperatures

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Tropical Storm Dolly to hit Mexico Wednesday

    Tropical Storm Dolly to hit Mexico Wednesday

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:07:26 GMT
    Tropical Depression Five was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and is located in the far SW Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is located at 22.4 N and 94.4 W and is moving NW at 10 mph.More >>
    Tropical Depression Five was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and is located in the far SW Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is located at 22.4 N and 94.4 W and is moving NW at 10 mph.More >>
  • Unions celebrate Labor Day 2014

    Unions celebrate Labor Day 2014

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:41:06 GMT
    Unions celebrated Labor Day 2014 with annual picnic and visits from politicians.More >>
    Unions celebrated Labor Day 2014 with annual picnic and visits from politicians.More >>
  • Volunteers help build ramp for local artist

    Volunteers help build ramp for local artist

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:20:42 GMT
    Some local volunteers spent their Labor Day weekend helping to build a ramp for a local artist whose leg had to be amputated.More >>
    Some local volunteers spent their Labor Day weekend helping to build a ramp for a local artist whose leg had to be amputated.More >>
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Roger Brooks is from New Orleans, but three weeks ago, he moved to Lake Charles.

Brooks now lives at the Salvation Army Center of Hope.

"That's what I came here for: to get on my feet," said Brooks. "This is the only place I know you can come do that."

Brooks is one of nearly three dozen residents at the Center of Hope.     

"We have an inclement weather policy and cold weather policy," said Major David Craddock of Salvation Army. "Once the temperature gets to 40 degrees or below, then we open up our facility to anybody who needs shelter."

"It's about helping and that's what they do here, they help, and I'm blessed to be here," said Brooks.

Most mornings, Brooks wakes up at 3 a.m. and makes a 30 minute walk from Salvation Army to Burger King, today was no different.

"It was cold," said Brooks. "I had to wear a yellow raincoat and go out to work."

As the temperature continue to stay around freezing, Salvation Army expects to exceed capacity with the freezing temperatures.

"If we fill those beds we will puts cots down and we have mattresses for the floor so we can make sure everybody has a place to sleep," said Craddock.

And that's more company for Brooks as he works to get back on his feet.

"They give you the opportunity to get up, and they give you as much help as they can and that's what I'm looking," said Brooks.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow