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Frederick's Cold Weather Shelter Opens Early

Those at the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs say they made the decision due to the cold weather and need in the homeless community.
FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick's cold weather shelter opened Wednesday evening, and that's the earliest in its history.

Those at the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs said they made the decision due to the cold weather and need in the homeless community.

"When you're homeless it's more challenging. You're kind of out there and you're here in a group situation. We try to work with our folks that come in as guests and make them as comfortable as possible," said Rev. Brian Scott, executive director of Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.

The shelter is opening almost a week earlier than last year and will stay open through March.

Eighty beds are available at the shelter and 60 of the beds are for men and 20 beds are for women.

"The people we see who are homeless have many different stories," Scott said. "Some have maybe substance abuse or other kinds of issues because they're homeless. Others have just lost their jobs or have health issues."

To stay at the cold weather shelter, someone must be homeless and at least 18 years old. Shelter volunteers will also serve the homeless hot food and drinks.

The shelter is in need of volunteers and donations. Some donations the shelter is most in need of include adult underwear and undershirts, men's winter gloves, bottled water, double-edged shaving razors, and tissues.

For information on how you can volunteer, click here. For information on how you can donate, click here.
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