Chattanooga Community Kitchen Holds Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 11/14/2013 9:40 am
     Freezing temperatures and wind chills send dozens of homeless men and women seeking a warm place to sleep.
     Fortunately they can come in to the community kitchen.
     They opened especially for the freezing temperatures expected Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
     Executive Director Charlie Hughes monitors the shelter as people start laying down to sleep.
     "Cold weather caught us a little early this year we've had a couple of cold nights so we've opened up as an emergency shelter cold weather shelter," said Hughes.
     When they come in they'll find blankets, mats, and pillows to sleep on. 
     Sections of the building are separated for men, women, and families.
      "They just come in..check in..we try to get some statistical data so we can know how many people are needed and what the needs are...but even if they don't have ids they're still welcome," said Hughes.
        It's all part of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen's mission to do all they can to assist the homeless.
        "The Chattanooga Community Kitchen has been in existence for over 30 years and we work to help the homeless and try to get them motivated and on with their lives and obviously its hard to feel good about yourself when you're out in the cold," Hughes said.
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