For many of us, it's hard to imagine what it's like to reach the end of a long, hard day and not have a place to lay our head. A place to eat a hot meal. A place to shower up before bed. But that is a harsh reality for far too many people here on the SouthCoast.

Being homeless is hard enough when the weather is mild during the summer months, but when you consider the physical and mental toll it takes during the winter, it is unfathomable to most of us. Being exposed to the elements in New Bedford during the months of January and February is enough to push anyone to the limit.

That's why the Sister Rose House is so important. The emergency overflow shelter opens its doors when the temperature sinks to 28 degrees or lower. Having the overflow shelter open means that these people won't have to spend the night in sub-freezing weather.

The problem is that each time the emergency overflow shelter opens its doors, there is a hard cost of $475 for heat, electricity, security, staff, food, etc. The good news is that you don't have to worry about covering the entire $475 cost.

Fun 107 is excited to be involved with Rise Up For Homes. It gives anyone in the general public the opportunity to give ANY amount to this cause. Simply text the one word "Riseup" to the number 50155. You'll be securely prompted for your credit card information and the amount you'd like to donate. You can also click the blue button below to make a donation.

Every penny goes to keeping New Bedford's overflow shelter open on those bitter cold nights.

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