Staff Report

As South Florida experiences chilly weather, the homeless are often left without resources and accommodations to help ensure their warmth. Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers will make provisions for those in need and ask for the public’s help to ensure that as many homeless people are assisted as possible.
“On our Miami Campus, we are expecting an influx of about 75-100 homeless and needy men as well as an additional 30 women,” said Miami Center Programs Director Antonio Villasuso. “I encourage people to help donate blankets and preparing items.”
Broward Outreach Centers Guest se-rvices Supervisor, Valencia Taylor, stated, “It is important for the community to come together to help donate items we associate with cold weather… blankets, jackets, coats and socks are all items we go through quickly as we take on the colder months.”
Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers Director of Operations, James Whitworth, said, “On nights where it is unusually cold, we can expect to see an additional 60-90 people per campus in both Hollywood and Pompano in addition to those who use our overnight programs.”
In all, the Miami Rescue Mission Broward Outreach Centers are expecting well over 100 to seek shelter during the cold weather pattern.
Each downturn in temperature highlights the need and importance of blankets, jackets and other winter apparel. Individuals are urged to call the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers at (305) 571-2245 or (800) 817-HOPE to donate winter wear for the community.