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Shelters Filling Up as Temperatures Drop

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Sub-zero temperatures are being blamed for two deaths, including one homeless man, in Elko County earlier this week.

Here in Reno, every room in the Volunteers of America shelter is filled.

"We don't want anyone dying of exposure on our streets here in Reno and Sparks," says Sandy Isham with Volunteers of America. "So, we have the winter overflow operation."

The shelter is open 365 days a year, but finding an open room right now is tough.

Because there are more people than rooms, workers set up special arrangements for the winter overflow. There is a warehouse near the airport where folks can sleep and stay warm.

A shuttle picks them up from the shelter and drops them off. People inside the shelter say without these services, they would be sleeping on the cold streets.

Which is why they're so grateful to have a place to go when temperatures drop into the single digits.

"I just volunteer and help out here in the mornings, clean the place up," says James Campbell. "Help them out, just show my appreciation for helping me out."

As you can imagine, these services aren't cheap. But the good news is the shelter just received a $20,000 grant from the United Way to help out through the winter.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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