As the temperatures drop, the number of people staying at Our Neighbor's Place rotating shelter rises.
"I'd be dead," said George Sypin, a shelter guest. "This shelter has saved my life. I would be out there, freezing to death if not froze to death."
Sypin is a guest at the shelter. He and others staying at this week's location, the Russian Orthodox Church on East 2nd & Front street, are thankful to have a place to go, that gets them off the streets during these cold winter nights.
"Overwhelming, totally overwhelming," said Sypin. "It swells my heart and my brain to think about it."
"It's a place where you can get warm and get some food and shower and really feel welcomed," said Brian Ahlgren, a shelter guest. "[You] warm up and have a roof over your head."
As the snow and temperatures continue to fall, guests at the shelter tell me they appreciate organizations like Our Neighbor's Place, because without them, they don't know what they'd do on a night like this.
"I have no more places to go," said Ahlgren. "I don't know where to go. This is the only place. These churches really help a lot."
"Out there, I don't always have food, I don't always have a place to stay," said Sypin. "But with this shelter, I've always got a place to stay, I've always got something to eat, I've always got a shower. If I don't have clean clothes, they give me clean clothes"
Volunteers at the Russian Orthodox Church, like Angie Eagle, know how harsh the winters get in Erie, and she wishes there was more she could do to help.
"We are all people, and anybody could be in this position. I would hope that somebody would do this if this were my family member that were in need."
As the temperatures dip into the teens, and the wind chill makes it feel even colder, for guests here, it warms their hearts, knowing they have a place to rest their head for the night.
Our Neighbor's Place also welcomes donations, along with volunteers. If you have clothing, hats or gloves, you can drop them off at the next rotating location, the Church of the Covenant on West 7th Street, starting tomorrow.