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Hope Faith shows need for shelter for those experiencing homelessness during cold weather

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Feb 02, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A winter storm brought inches of snow to the Kansas City area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Hope Faith, a shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Kansas City, saw first hand how it impacted the un-housed.

When staff went to open the shelter's doors before 6 a.m., there were already people huddled outside in the snow.

"One woman, literally, was sleeping on the sidewalk with a small blanket and someone gave her a bigger blanket to cover her with," Doug Langner, the executive director of Hope Faith said. “First off you go, is that person alive? Thankfully you hear this, 'I am awake' and I said 'Can you get inside?' and she said 'I can’t move.'”

In the morning, temperatures were well below freezing. Langner said things are tight at the shelter, but that he's glad they can help those without shelter.

Langner provided showers, meals and shelters to 240 people Wednesday.

"We got her in, we got her fed, we got her showered," he said. "The fact of the matter is things are tight, and the way we help those who are homeless is people."

Langner told KSHB 41 News that a Jackson County commissioner reached out pledging monetary help to prevent this from happening again.

“This morning I felt hopeless for a moment, just for a moment and then no, we have to start acting," he said.