Lighthouse offers shelter from snow in Marion, Illinois

MARION, IL – People in southern Illinois braced themselves ahead of snowfall Friday. Dropping temperatures may cause people who don’t have a warm place to go to find shelter wherever they can.

The Illinois Department of Transportation sent its night shift employees home to get some rest around 11 a.m. Friday. They returned to work around 7 p.m. and continued to work throughout the night.

Sara Simpson and her family have only been in Illinois for a month. They are staying at the Lighthouse Shelter in Marion, Illinois. They’re originally from Michigan. Because of financial difficulties, they know what it’s like to be homeless. Simpson said she’s grateful to have shelter during this storm.

“I feel blessed that we are not in the van, that we are not outside in it. From where we are from, a lot of people die on the streets. I can only imagine exactly how scary it will be,” said Simpson.

Michael Roach has been staying at the Lighthouse Shelter for 21 days. He says he’s grateful to have found his refuge.

“You try and dodge the weather try to dodge all this stuff. It’s not fun it’s not warm. Some places if you walk into a store to get warm and they’re like ahhh. But this place doesn’t do that. This place gives you hope,” said Roach.

There is still room open at the Good Samaritan in Carbondale said they sill have some cots left in their warming shelter. They will be open until 11 p.m., and it’s first come first served.

If you know of anyone who may need help, the Lighthouse shelter is open from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.