Cold Weather Shelter Opens

Overnight temperatures dipped down in the mid-20s, opening doors for the first time this year at cold weather emergency shelters along the Coast.
Hats, gloves, and jackets are out as temperatures dip down below freezing in South Mississippi, driving people throughout our area to seek shelter from the cold. Diane Ryder is one of 25 people who sought shelter and stayed the night at the Harrison County Cold Weather Shelter in D’iberville. “I’m a 62-year-old disabled senior citizen and we really feel the cold. So, I came here. There’s danger of hypothermia and you can wind up in the hospital, in the ER.”
Ryder picked up her jacket and hat at Project Homeless Connect last week in Biloxi. While these donations may seem small, they mean a lot to Ryder and others, who are thankful for what many would consider the small things in life. “A lot of times, I’ve wound up straight on the ground with just my backpack for a pillow. It’s nice to be able to come here and get warm, have something to eat, and coffee,” said Ryder.
Along with a place to sleep, this facility offers hot coffee, meals at 5:30, and free transportation back to Biloxi. Sara Miller with the Harrison County Cold Weather Shelter said, “Especially this week, leading into Thanksgiving, when we’re all so thankful for the things that we have, there are many people that don’t have a warm place to sleep so they’re very thankful for having a place to come, have fellowship, and stay warm.”
This is something that keeps people like Diane Ryder going as they venture back out into a new day.
The cold weather shelter in D’iberville opens when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. It is open from 4:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning.

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