Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter is overflowing with men, women and children who need a warm place to stay. Mike Saklar is the director of the Siena-Francis House in Omaha and says they can always make room for one more so they have hourly patrols where they look for people to help.
The shelter has a patrol that makes the rounds once an hour in the downtown area where the homeless gather. Their goal is to bring those individuals to the shelter to get them out of the extreme elements.
Saklar says they have been overcrowded for months and every available space is being used. They have mats on the conference room floor and opened up other areas inside to provide shelter to those in need. They offer shelter and services to men, women and children.
When serving so many Saklar says they are always in need of a few essential items. He says extra bedding and blankets is always useful. They also provide warm clothing to residents who need to be outside during the daytime hours. Another item that is in high demand at the shelter is toilet tissue.