Homeless seek shelter, shelters full
BATON ROUGE - With Monday's winter blast, there are a few extra people seeking shelter at St. Vincent de Paul.
Volunteers say once the temperatures drop below 40, they see an influx of people. Monday, the shelter is housing about 70 people, that's 40 above normal.
"We've got our hands full," said Director of St. Vincent de Paul, Michael Acaldo. "We're doing a great job because of the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul always come through."
With the cold snap, the organization was expecting the big crowd.
"We're definitely prepared to serve who ever comes to us," said Acaldo.
In 2013, St. Vincent de Paul gave out over 25,000 guest nights to people who needed shelter and accepts donations year-round.