At the Delonis shelter in Ann Arbor, homeless people have to take a drug test before they can be admitted. If they can’t pass a test within three days, they don’t get to stay and work the program. However, if the weather is below 20 degrees F, anyone can stay in the sitting room so nobody freezes to death–even if you can’t pass a drug test.
When I was learning this in the training classes for volunteers, the instructor couldn’t remember if it was “20 degrees or below” or “twenty degrees below.” Finally she reasoned that 20 degrees below zero was absurdly cold–in fact, we all had to think hard to recall if we’d ever been in a place where the temperature was literally 20 below, not factoring for wind.
Well kids, when I checked the weather at 5am this morning, it was 27 degrees below zero. And all I could think was, that shelter has got to be fucking packed.
In other news, the Kickstarter for The Horror Within is slow going. I made a new video in the hopes that it explains who we are and what we do a little more clearly.
We have 20 days remaining, so please do tell everyone you know about it–especially writers, horror fans, rich people with money to burn, and budding philanthropists.Tags: !, $, horror, mag, wednes past