For most of us, the cold blast of winter means layering and bundling up, but for the homeless it can be fatal.

Homeless men and women who remain on the street are at risk for a variety of conditions caused by exposure to the cold, including frostbite and hypothermia. Many of the chronic problems faced by the homeless, including inadequate clothing, malnutrition, and underlying infection, further increase the risk of developing and dying from hypothermia.

Which is why on the coldest nights of the year, the Mission’s “Cold Patrol” goes searching for those sleeping outside. “Cold Patrol” is a valuable part of the Nashville Rescue Mission’s ministry to reaching and rescuing hungry, homeless and cold people from extreme weather. When the temperature drops below 25 degrees, the Mission’s “Cold Patrol” team hits the streets warning the homeless of the dangers of staying out in the cold and inviting them into a place of warmth, safety, and security.

Through your support, Nashville Rescue Mission offers support to our city’s homeless and hurting every day. Thank you for befriending Nashville’s homeless and giving them a resource to come in out of the cold year-round.

If you want to help provide resources to those who depend on Nashville Rescue Mission, you can donate here.