The cold came early this year, and that has left many homeless people vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures. Thanks to Code Blue Saratoga, these men and women can come in from the cold.

Karen Gregory, Executive Director for Shelters of Saratoga, drives the 10-person van around Saratoga Springs picking up people who have nowhere else to go on cold nights like these. She transports these individuals from Saratoga Springs to a temporary Code Blue shelter in Ballston Spa. It’s a long drive, but it’s a necessary one until the shelter in downtown Saratoga Springs can be finished.

Lately, with temperatures plunging well below freezing, it’s one that Gregory is making a lot – sometimes 4 times a day. “We had 44 individuals at the shelter last night,” she said. She took the men and women in the van – 10 people at a time, until all were safely delivered to the warm shelter on the other side of Saratoga County.

The Community Loan Fund closed on a $200,000 loan to Shelters of Saratoga today to help support the Code Blue Program. The loan will cover expenses until the program receives funding in the spring.