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'Cold Patrols' Help Nashville Homeless Community

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- As temperatures drop, concerns increase over the safety and well-being of homeless people on Nashville streets.

The Nashville Rescue Mission steps up its cold patrols, whenever temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below.

Ed Grimes, and other staff members from the Rescue Mission drive the streets looking for people who need a warm place to stay.

"It really is a life and death rescue effort," said Grimes. "Your heart goes out to these people.  You feel bad because you know you can help them and do something about it."

Grimes drives through alleys, under bridges, and through parks looking for people who need help.

Grimes said when temperatures drop, demand for the Rescue Mission's services always increase.  The facility's 800 beds are always filled, and they see more people stopping off at the shelter during the day to keep warm.

"As long as it is cold, we will stay busy," said Grimes.

The Metro Homeless Commission estimates there are some 4,000 homeless people living in Nashville.


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