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Lawrenceville non-profit puts homeless in hotels as temperatures drop

Salvation Army of Gwinnett County says "if you come in today, we'll put you up somewhere tonight".

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Officials with the Salvation Army of Gwinnett County say that since the beginning of November, they have received an influx of families and people seeking shelter from the cold temperatures.

While warming shelters typically have prerequisites to open, Captain Jeremy Mockabee says they will help anyone any time to find shelter out of the elements. "We work with area motels and hotels to find places people to stay, and to make sure we begin a long term plan to help ensure they're not in a similar situation in the future," says Mockabee.

Captain Mockabee says that since November 1st, the local branch has helped provide over 200 nights of stay for people at area hotels. The headquarters is also offering a day time warming shelter during business hours from 8 am to 4:30 pm at their location on Sugarloaf Parkway.

On a daily basis, the Lawrenceville location offers walk-ins food and water, as well as support for long term planning.

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