Tulsa Day Center repairs boiler to help heat homeless Tulsans

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Updated: 12/04/2013 5:25 pm Published: 12/04/2013 4:48 pm

The winter weather and freezing temperatures can be life-threatening, especially to the homeless and other people in need.

Area shelters do their best to help.

FOX23's Nathan Thompson went inside one of those shelters and found why heating the homeless was almost an issue for them.

David Moore has been homeless for six months. He's dreading the cold temperatures.

"Just my fingers and, you know, my nose and my ears," said Moore.

Annie McClung has been homeless since April. Like Moore, she's taking refuge from the cold at the Tulsa Day Center.

"Me and my little medical dog. We got in yesterday, but there are some people out there, and I'm real worried about them," said McClung.

The Tulsa Day Center expects more people like Moore and McClung.

"This is a life-threatening situation for people who are outside," said Sandra Lewis, executive director of the Tulsa Day Center.

They could get around 140 to 145 people overnight and several hundred more than that during the day.

"We're stocking up on food. We're going to have plenty of ice melt so people can come and go. We're just gonna bring in anyone that needs to come inside," she said.

Workers were in the boiler room at the center on Wednesday.

The boiler went out last week, days before the winter weather is going to hit here.

They were afraid they weren't going to be able to heat people.

They've been surviving on an emergency heat system and space heater, but a new boiler was installed Wednesday.

It'll be ready to go before the winter weather hits.

"You know, that's kind of what we do. We're an emergency shelter, so we figure out how to deal with emergencies. I'm not certain how exactly we're going to pay for all of it. We couldn't even stop and think about the cost of it. We had to just get it fixed," said Lewis.

"Real thankful to God and for every bite I get to eat, too," said McClung.

"It's very important that there is a place like this because it is saving people's lives," said Moore.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/5/2013 8:36 AM
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Some of the homeless go out and get snooterfaced drunk and then go to DLM on public intox. Hopefully all the homeless intox will be found jailed and released to the day center.
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