Chicago, Ill., Jan 5, 2018 / 18:45 pm
Record-breaking cold temperatures and snowfall in the eastern United States this week have delayed flights, cancelled school, and closed workplaces.
For some Americans, however, severely cold weather is more than a matter of inconvenience – it's a question of life and death.
Catholic Charities in Chicago is working to help save lives during the cold snap, with a transportation outreach program that brings the homeless to safe places in the sub-freezing temperatures.
"Catholic Charities manages a mobile outreach program in Chicago, and 24/7, 365 days of the year we have anywhere from three to five vans transporting the homeless and those in need of shelter to warming centers or shelters around the city," said Kristine Kappel, director of communications for Catholic Charities in Chicago.