Salvos help with homeless struggle

We are entering the last month of an icy winter for the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

We share photos of the layer of frost that covered our cars in the early morning, signs of temperatures dangerously nearing zero degrees Celcius, while heaters and electric blankets have been the talk of the season.

Except among those who had to brave the cold not just when they stepped out of their homes, but all night, through the near-zero temperatures, with nothing but a blanket and a pair of socks to make it through the first signs of sunlight.

Predictably, shelters for homeless people see an influx of residents in winter when, Salvation Army Kalgoorlie-Boulder Corps Captain Mark Schatz said everyone was looking to escape the cold.

Salvation Army in South Kalgoorlie has six available beds and a house that sleeps eight people.

It is crisis accommodation and intended for short-term use while staff and volunteers help residents find a job, housing, or settle a debt — whatever the case might be.

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