Shelter workers urge homeless in from dangerous cold


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Staff and volunteers at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids went out into the cold Tuesday night to try to find those who may be attempting to survive outside in subfreezing weather.

Forecasters call for a high temperature of 0 degrees Wednesday with wind chills expected in the negative double digits.

Mel Trotter CEO Dennis Van Kampen, Vice President of Ministry and Outreach Leonard McElveen and two volunteers comprised a group that went out hoping to save lives.

"That's too cold for anybody to be on the streets," McElveen told 24 Hour News 8.

The group checked some of the known areas where people who are homeless often sleep. Stops included under highway overpasses, snowy railroad tracks and business entryways along South Division Ave. in the Heartside community.

In some of the places, they found no one.

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