Rescue Mission Keeps An Eye On Those Seeking Warmth

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

While most of us stay indoors to wait out the storm and see the streets are cleared, others are forced to face the harsh elements head-on.

Making the rounds to Topeka's homeless is an every day occurance for operation street reach director Justyn Hosman.

With harsh winter temperatures, it is even more important for him to get to those individuals early.

"I just want to make sure they are aware of what is coming. These people do not have televisions and might not be aware. Sometimes they don't even know what day it is or what is happening. They are just guessing," said Hosman.

Jon-Todd Thomas has been homeless for several years. He made it through the first storm and was preparing his Cadillac vehicle home for another.

"I have about four blankets in there and pillows and plenty of clothes to stay warm. I just pray every night," said Jon.

TOPEKA, Kan. (Wibw)__The grimm nature of being homeless during the winter months can have long lasting results.

James Miller, who was homeless until this past October, has experience with Topeka winters, knows what it takes to survive.

"You have to get some sort of shelter, dress in layers out here. If you can make yourself some sort of cave, you will be alright. Human beings are resilient," said Miller.

Hosman says donations to the Rescue Mission such as socks can make a huge difference in preventing frost-bite to those seeking shelter during the winter.

You can visit the Topeka Rescue Missions website at

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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