The city of St. Charles has dedicated several spots around town where people can get out of the cold, including Lazarus House.
Director Liz Eakins says staff members are ready to do what they can.
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"We are a warming center, so if someone is found in distress because of the weather all we ask is that they have a photo ID when they come to the door, and we'll get them in out of the elements and see what we can do to get them to a better place," she said Monday.
During the recent cold no one has come by to take them up on the offer. "That's a good thing. I guess that means people are being cared for," she said. "It would take a pretty coldhearted person to boot somebody out the door when it's going to be 12 below tonight.
"It's kind of the reverse of what logic would tell us in that our numbers do not spike because of the cold, because other friends and family are more compassionate and make sure they're not going to put people in harm's way when a situation goes south."