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Open Door Mission opens its doors to the homeless

Rochester, N.Y. -- Temperatures have dropped in just a few days and homeless shelters are preparing to house more people than usual.

When temperatures drop down close to the teens, local shelters issue a cold blue. That allows the Open Door Mission to increase its capacity.

When the 40 beds fill up upstairs, they lay mattresses and blankets down on the main floor opening up about 40 more spots for people to sleep.

Supervisors say they also relax some of their rules and regulations, letting people in that normally they may turn away. Hot meals are offered throughout the day.

Well the first thing that theyre going to get is just a warm place to sleep for the night, says Jeff Cappello, a supervisor at the Open Door Mission. We tend to create an atmosphere where they feel secure and protected which is important for the homeless.

The Code Blue was issued Sunday night and there is no deadline for that emergency alert to expire. As temperatures continue to drop, the Open Door Mission expects to see even more people looking for ways to get out of the bitter cold.

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Washington Times