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

Salvation Army helps homeless during freezing temperatures

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.

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