Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A program through Rochester Regional Health aims to help some of our area's most vulnerable people during the cold winter months.
The HealthReach program partnered with the Karpus Family Foundation to provide weather-resistant coats that can double as sleeping bags for local homeless people.
The groups say they want to make sure people who will not visit a shelter during the winter season - even when conditions are at their worst - are able to stay warm.
"It gives them a line of protection from the cold – that’s the most important thing," said Frank Tiberio, who works with HealthReach and Rochester Regional Health. "During the day time, many of these people will find warm places to go but sometimes when the evening comes and places shut down and programs shut down for the day, they’re left to find safe haven somewhere and sometimes it’s not in a shelter situation."
The coats are made by a company in Detroit, which employs people who were formerly homeless.
As of now, the program has approximately 50 coats to be handed out in Rochester. They hope to have more soon.