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Nashville Rescue Mission Launches Cold Patrols

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by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As temperatures drop across Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Rescue Mission is launching its annual Cold Patrols.

When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, employees drive around the streets of Nashville looking for people who have nowhere to stay, and bring them to the Rescue Mission.

"The temperatures dropped very quickly this year," said Ed Grimes, Head Chaplin for the Nashville Rescue Mission.  "I am worried some people may not have got the word."

Grimes said conditions on the streets can turn dangerous quickly.

"A lot of times you have guys out there who are intoxicated, and drinking and they aren't making good decisions.  We want to get those guys inside."

Inside the Rescue Mission, people lined up for a chance to get a hot meal and a warm bed.  Grimes said the Mission was expecting a capacity crowd, and even planned to open their chapel to make room for more people.

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


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