ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis recreation center has become a refuge for the homeless this winter.
By day, the 12th and Park Recreation Center provides a gymnasium for basketball and other activities. For 36 nights this winter, it has transformed into an emergency shelter, necessitated by the bitter winter weather. Last winter, the center was used as a shelter just 13 times.
Former Army sergeant Hence Forland is paid $1,000 a day to be responsible for transforming the center from a gym to a shelter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fVrO00 ) reports that each evening at 6 p.m., Forland and a small crew arrive to set up the shelter and keep the peace through the night. When morning arrives, those staying must leave to make way for another day's recreation.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com