This week’s frigid temperatures have lead to nearly double the number of people turning to a weather shelter in Cranbrook.
Temperatures have plunged past minus 20 in Cranbrook all week driving the city’s homeless to Operation Street Angel.
Assistant Manager Tammy Pocha says around 50 people are using their service every day, up around 20 from usual.
“You sure can tell the mood change,” Pocha says. “They get very ornery with everybody, with the public and they just want to be in where its warm. Because if they are hanging out with different people, they feel like they are getting belittled. They are just coming into the warmth to get off the streets.”
Pocha says they often find people seeking shelter at local libraries or grocery stores.
Operation Street Angel opens its doors at 2 pm daily while the Salvation Army’s shelter runs from 9 pm to 9 am.
– Operation Street Angel Assistant Manager, Tammy Pocha