EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As the mercury continues to drop this week, can you imagine not having a roof over your head?
Local homeless shelters say there are many in need of a warm bed when the temperatures fall into single digits, but there aren't many available.
“We try to treat everyone with dignity and respect every night,” said Sojourner house homeless shelter director Dan Robinson.
Even with a recent expansion the Sojourner House can take in about 32 men and 16 women; rules that in the weather like this are sometimes broken.
"January 31, 2013 it was ten below zero; we had 67 people that night” explained Robinson.
Robinson says even though right now the shelter is full, and can only house homeless men and women overnight, Eau Claire still has many resources to keep them warm during the day.
“This morning we had 25 people waited at the door for warm socks and coats and gloves,” said Inez Dascher.
With the limit of five items per person, the King’s Closet Director Dascjer says everything in the store is free.
“We had two that came in this morning and we've done their whole wardrobe sort of speak; and they were just very grateful,” she added.
That's where Robber Sage, who has been without a home in Eau Claire for three nights now, gets some of what he needs to make it through the day.
“In the cold weather here know how to dress; dress warm, and dress in layers,” said Sage.
Sage says he tries to keep warm at the library or warming house during the day, just like many others in our area.
“It does get cold at time, it's going to get cold at times, if there isn't any place to go,” he added.
The Sojourner House will be opening its doors to those looking for a warm bed tonight around 7 pm.
If you would like to donate clothes or other items to the sojourner house or King’s Closet visit the links attached.