Hundreds seek shelter as tempertures drop below freezing

Hundreds of people will flood the Knox Area Rescue Ministries shelter seeking for a warm bed to make it through the night.

In this photo taken early morning Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, homeless women sleep with their teddy-bears in a shelter. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- As the mercury plummets below freezing, hundreds of the community's most vulnerable members will be piling into area shelters this weekend, searching for little more than a warm bed.

For the first time since March, temperatures are expected to fall into 20's, which can be deadly for someone one without a home.

"Once you get freezing tempatures, it's difficult to keep skin covered," said Sue Renfro, Communications Manager for Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM).

People are already streaming into the her agency's shelter at 418 N. Broadway.

"KARM is so necessary because there would be no where else to go," she continued. "Not only do we provide shelter but we provide hot food and nutrition for people."

KARM isn't alone either. There will be several shelters opening this weekend. Several of them are listed below.

Salvation Army409 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN865-525-9401
KARM418 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN865-673-6540
Helen Ross McNabb Center201 W. Springdale Ave., Knoxville, TN865-541-6684
Family Promise Center313 Harley Road, Knoxville, TN865-584-2822
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries230 Court Avenue, Sevierville, TN 865-908-3153
Appalachian Outreach - Samaritan House130 W. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy., Jefferson City, TN865-475-5032
Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter324 N. Hill Street, Morristown, TN423-587-9215

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