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Published January 04, 2014, 10:50 PM

Northlands Rescue Mission giving those in need a place to stay

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - With temperatures expected to dip well below zero staying indoors is the best way to battle the cold -- but for some that isn't so easy. The Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks is giving those in need, a place to stay.

By: Victor Correa, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - With temperatures expected to dip well below zero staying indoors is the best way to battle the cold -- but for some that isn't so easy.

The Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks is giving those in need, a place to stay.

With harsh wind chill expected in the next few days the Northlands Rescue Mission is opening their doors to people in need who have nowhere to go.

Mandee Zerr/Northlands Rescue: “We definitely try to open our doors a lot more to people who are struggling.”

Around this time last year, Northland Rescue Mission started a waiting list, it was the first time they had to do this in the last 70 years, this winter they had to do it again, and it got started back in October.

Robert Raymer/Northlands Resident: “I've seen quite a few people come in, in the past month I’ve probably seen at least 20, myself that I’ve observed.”

Roberty Raymer has been living at northland for a month, he's seen a lot of people come in trying to escape the cold, and just because you're on the waiting list for a room that doesn't mean you have to leave.

Raymer: “If somebody comes in, they got mats they can throw down on the floor down here, you know, so they ain't going to turn nobody away.”

Northland staff provide bedding for people to sleep in the lobby and three meals a day, whether they’re on the waiting list or just looking to hold up for the night.

Zerr: “I couldn't even imagine if I didn't have somewhere to go and I had to be outside in this weather, there's no way a person could survive.”

Officials with northland say they are also extending their hours for how long people can stay who don't have room.

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