Homeless shelters prepare for winter weather

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COLUMBIA- With winter weather just around the corner, Columbia homeless shelters are preparing to take in more residents in the coming weeks.

The St. Francis Catholic Worker House usually has spots open in their 13-person-home for residents, but community member Steve Jacobs says the house fills up quickly come winter.

"The house is always full when it's cold and we work hard to keep them warm."

St. Francis Catholic Worker House collects coats, gloves, and socks throughout the year to prepare for the cold weather months. 

Jacobs said members of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Methodist, and Hindu community donate food and winter clothing to the shelter.  

On Christmas the house has a Christmas tree and one woman donates warm clothes to the residents for presents.  

According to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, 3.5 million people in the United States experience homlessness.   

The house was founded in 1983 by members of the Catholic Worker Movement. The Catholic Worker Movement  is a collection of people who strive to live within the justice and charity of Jesus Christ.