Not everyone is fortunate enough to have their own shelter to protect them against the blustery winter winds.
Fortunately for those in need of warmth during the holiday season, New Directions Heating and Cooling Center in Jacksonville is there to help.
New Directions Founder and Executive Director Vanessa Tyus breaks down the services her organization provides for the less fortunate, especially during the harsh winter months.
“They’re able to come in between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to be able to stay warm. There’s a hot meal, coffee or water, we’re just trying to meet the needs and find services for them,” says Tyus
Tyus says the cold weather puts the local homeless population in harm’s way, especially those already suffering from certain medical conditions.
“The homeless people that suffer from medical problems, the cold weather puts them more at risk. Extreme weather could affect some of the medical conditions that they have. We’ve seen some have asthma, or bronchitis, pneumonia, some are diabetics,” says Tyus.
Tyus says New Directions also does its best to offer coats and blankets for people who might not want to stay at the shelter.
For those in need of shelter or a warm blanket can contact Tyus at 473-0434. New Directions is located at 100 South Fayette street in Jacksonville.