As temperatures drop, Wyoming Rescue Mission encourages people in need to come to the shelter

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Wyomingites know how brutal the winter months can be. As temperatures drop, the Wyoming Rescue Mission can see their facility fill to capacity.

WRM has been helping the homeless for over 40 years. Today they have expanded their facility and can house over 200 people.

WRM expanded because they were having to turn people away.

“At one point we had 20 men sleeping on the floor because we were out of beds. Now with the new facility, that problem is taken care of,” Brad Hopkins, WRM executive director, said.

Even with the extra space, during the winter, WRM can become completely full.

"It puts that magnifying glass on the need that if you're not inside and not safe, it could be very unhealthy. We see a significant increase through the winter months," Hopkins said.

The cold weather can be dangerous to people without heat, especially families with children.

"This is the place you can come to not have to be sleeping in the frigid cold when those horrible negative degrees inevitably come," Emma Connell, WRM marketing and events manager, said.

WRM encourages people in need to come get help. Their ultimate goal is to help people get back on their feet.

“The qualifications to stay at Wyoming Rescue Mission are you in need. We never close, no matter the circumstance,” Hopkins said.