Desiard Street Shelter: "No one gets turned away this winter."

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Freezing temperatures and gusty winds are common for a winter. For many people, keeping warm comes easy, but for some, it can be a challenge.

Desiard Street Shelter not turning anyone away this winter.
Desiard Street Shelter not turning anyone away this winter.

As temperature drops in the ArkLaMiss, the Desiard Street Shelter in Monroe is opening its' doors with the motto: No one gets turned away.

"It gets very cold and I would hate to see anyone out in this type of weather. It's best to have them come here," Chris Loring said.

Loring works with the shelter. He said anyone who is in need of help can come to the shelter, free of charge.

"This is a place that is always open," Loring said. "Everyone is always welcome."

Loring said having open doors is even more crucial this winter since the local Salvation Army was forced to close.

Currently, Desiard Street Shelter is the only overnight shelter in the area, which has caused their services to max out quicker. The executive director, Dan Nash, said it does not matter how many times their doors open this winter, they are not turning anyone away.

"We're going to work very hard not to turn anyone away," Nash said.
"We have plenty of beds available. We're going to do all we can to help those in need."