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Feb 12, 2016 4:47 PM

New Horizons homeless shelter in Manchester prepares for bitter NH cold

MANCHESTER - With the bitter cold on the way, homeless shelters across the state are preparing for more people to come through their doors to stay warm.

New Horizons in Manchester has around 80 beds ready for anyone who needs them this weekend.

They don't expect to go over capacity but they're ready to handle whatever the weather brings.

On Friday, a woman dropped off scarves and hats that she knit, knowing there will be a big need for it this weekend.

With dangerously cold temperatures on the way the staff at New Horizons say for the most part, they'll do what they do all year long.

They'll be open for people during the day to come in and stay warm, serve them a hot meal, and have beds ready at night.

“We think we may be seeing more people coming in. There are people that we know are out camping, some of them camp all winter long. But on a really bitter cold night like this, they may come into the shelter and we will welcome them in of course,” said program director Kevin Kintner.

New Horizons is a shelter for adults-only, and unlike most shelters, they allow people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

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