Shelter in a time of need

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Sleeping in a warm bed with blankets and sheets isn't always guaranteed. This is the time of year when homeless shelters were in high demand. Dave Hanson started the Sunrise Outreach Center five years ago and has a true passion to help those in need.

"There is a very different, difficult reality for the homeless out there during winter so we want to make it as easy as possible for them as we possibly can," said Dave.

Sunrise ran their winter shelters when temperatures dropped below 32 degrees. The shelters ran from November to March. They housed a total of 50 men and 15 women at the First Baptist, Unitarian and Englewood Church. It was a life-saving measure for those who camped in frigid weather.

"We really encourage folks to come in out of the cold," said Dave. "There's no need to be out there at this point, at this time of the year."

Over 20 homeless people in the county died each year. The Outreach Center also provided transitional housing for up to ten families. They made big efforts to provide housing for those in shelters within 90 days.

"It gives people their opportunity to have their own freedom and their own sense of humanity," said Dave.

Without volunteers, the shelters wouldn't be able to run.

"I think it really makes for a wholesome community when we can all come together and work towards solutions," said Dave.

There was no wait-list and the Sunrise Outreach Center had room for those in need.