Frigid cold temperatures especially difficult for the state’s homeless population

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How cold is it? Just ask D’Andrea Maybery.

“I have seven pairs of pants on, seven pairs of pants! Yeah and then I have a five sweatshirts right now.”

She was at the Middletown/Windsor football game. It was a hard-hitting cold night on the gridiron as two high school teams squared off and fans try to keep warm in the stands. Rafael De’ Leon is thankful that this Thanksgiving game got moved up a day early because tomorrow it’s supposed to be even colder.

“I have snow pants, sweatpants, double coats, hood and gloves and my Chicago how was some Vaseline on my face to keep the cold off.”

It’s one thing to be cold at a football game, but a completely different story to be out sleeping on the street. The governor’s cold-weather protocol will open up the doors to the warming shelters starting Wednesday night, going through the weekend so people can get a meal, and a place to stay warm during Thanksgiving.

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Jorden Espinoza is a homeless veteran.

“Where are you going to sleep The next day or two? Once I wash and dry, hopefully somebody will help me so I can do that, behind the church, or behind the frontier building.”

He sleeps in and around Bushnell Park.

“For me, personally tomorrow is Thanksgiving yes? I’m going to spend Thanksgiving alone sitting on a park bench sleeping behind this church.”

Logan Singerman runs the out reach program at Center Church. Even though the warming shelter’s are open, it is difficult to find a seat, or a bed because the need is so great.

“There was a 65-year-old man who just came in through our drop-in door, just called 211 trying to get shelter he has nowhere to go,”

To find a list of shelters and warming centers throughout Connecticut, click here or call 211.

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