There are many heroes in our hometowns’ responses to last week’s vicious cold temperatures. But with weather that could kill, our thoughts go to the heroes in and all around Housing Forward.

Two of the congregations which each week open their doors as overnight PADS shelters went beyond all in as they provided 67 continuous hours of warmth – of both the furnace and human variety. Oak Park Temple and Grace Episcopal stayed open as both warming centers and as shelter through the night. Volunteers arrived to ferry guests from one facility to the next, and our neighbors kept turning up with more food, more blankets, more gift cards, more bus passes.

It was an extraordinary three days that defined what community means to those of us blessed to be here.

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