A tall man leaned against the fence outside, taking a long drag from his cigarette. Inside, a group of older men huddled around a big screen, while others pulled crisp white sheets from a large plastic bag and folded them over collapsible, Army-style cots.
“Come Monday, they won’t know what hit them,” said Zip Pearson, a homeless man who calls himself the winter shelter’s only “super volunteer.” “These people don’t spell the word ‘homeless’ the same way you do. A lot of them don’t associate it with drugs and alcohol. You know how they spell homeless? They spell it F-O-R-E-C-L-O-S-U-R-E.”
The winter shelter, a 150-person-capacity refuge in the 3800 block of Valhalla Drive, will close Sunday after more than three months of service.