St. Vincent de Paul expecting to help more homeless this year
BATON ROUGE - St. Vincent de Paul is expecting to have to help a larger number of people this year as the weather gets cooler.
"When those cold nights take off in the coming weeks, I really think our numbers are going to surpass what we served last year. And you know, that's what we're here for. We're here for everyone," said Michael Acaldo, the CEO of St. Vincent de Paul.
Acaldo told News 2 they've been seeing an increase in people with mental health issues.
"The numbers of people that we either provide a hot meal to or even provide shelter to that have mental illness has dramatically increased," said Acaldo.
Last year, the shelter was able to house more than 1,400 people.