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Fall River opens warming center to help the frigid homeless

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by ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis


The snow clean up in Fall River continues, but now there is a more immediate concern.

Getting people, who are still outside in the frigid temperatures, back indoors.

The Fall River Government Center is now a warning center, a gesture many who are homeless appreciate.

"It means that people actually do care when you feel like you are hopeless and you have nothing, there's actually people out there that still do good. So being warm and indoors is good I guess," said Patrick Carter who is homeless in Fall River.

Various private shelters are also open around Fall River.

"We have all the shelters open, within the city. The churches, the public buildings and also the Council on Aging is open," said Chief Richard Aguiar, of Fall River Emergency Management.

ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis said, "With temperatures forecast to dip well below zero, and the wind chills as well, officials here say the need to help the homeless is greater than ever."

Anyone who needs it, can come to government center for free food, or a hot cup of coffee.

"I'm making sure that we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to people here today, to make sure, that number one they are warm, that they have a full stomach and that they are safe, and that is what's important to me right now," said Mayor Will Flanagan of Fall River.

For now the government center warming location is open through dinner on Friday, but could stay open longer if the weather gets a lot worse.

In Fall River Mark Curtis, ABC6 news.


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