DURHAM -- The freezing temperatures to begin 2018 are putting the homeless at risk.

Organizations such as the Durham Rescue Mission have opened their doors to help those left out in the cold stay warm.

On the first night of the new year, 475 people stayed at the Rescue Mission.

"They're in dire straits out there,” said Melvin Wrenn with the Durham Rescue Mission. “When it's 18 degrees outside and cold, you're looking for somewhere to go."

The shelter is staying open as long as the temperatures remain cold because they say everyone deserves the chance to start the new year with a roof over their head.

The Rescue Mission also went to homeless camps throughout the area and provided them with food and warm drinks.