Snow and cold temperatures mean busy night for some in South Bend

The mild winter has given way to strong winds and snow. Now, some are having to change their nightly routines to deal with this weather.

Those venturing on foot through South Bend clung to their scarves and winter hats. But, there are some who have no place to go on frigid nights.

As the snow comes down, the line outside of Hope Ministries grows.

“Pretty much every night, guys start lining up at about 5:30 p.m.,” said Karl Nichols, who manages the weather amnesty program at Hope Ministries.

This program provides the homeless with a warm bed to call their own for the night.

“Just to get guys off the streets during the more treacherous weather,” Nichols said.

Regardless of the circumstance, this ministry provides a bit of hope, when the weather does not.

“We don't screen anybody,” Nichols said. “They know this is a safe space for them to come in and just get some rest.”

As the men at the ministry get ready for bed, others are just getting started.

Twenty four city workers gear up for a night of plowing.

“Just get out there and keep the roads safe, keep them open,” said Greg Brucker, with the South Bend Streets Department.

The snow clean-up process is in full-swing.

“The winds are blowing, the temperatures have finally come down,” Brucker said.

The department is hitting the streets to help people avoid a slippery mess.

“We pay attention to hills, stop lights and such,” Brucker said. “We have to worry more about ice than the snow so much.”

While the winter may have gotten off to a mild start, the heaviest snow could still be to come.

“It's been pretty quiet so far.” Brucker said. “Hope it doesn't mean its going to drag on until May.”

If you or someone you know needs a place to stay during severe weather, contact Hope Ministries or the Center for the Homeless.


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