(CBS) — Two men who would otherwise be spending this snowy, cold day in a tent have a chance for a new life thanks to a charity group from Northwest Indiana.
CBS 2’s Sandra Torres reports the two are boarding a plane Sunday on their way to Phoenix, Arizona to start a new life.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot In Roseland
We met one of them about a month ago. His name is Antonio Rainge and when temperatures were below zero he showed us what he did to stay warm inside a tent under the Lawrence Avenue viaduct in Uptown.
Back then he said he wanted to be out of there by the spring. But fast forward to today thanks to the generosity from a group in Northwest Indiana called What Do You Need, Antonio and his friend James Curry are on their way to Arizona.
The Phoenix rescue mission has a shelter ready for them and also a place for job training so they can get their life back together.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Lincoln Square Burglary
“Like a weight is off my shoulders that I can actually not worry about me surviving day to day because of harsh weather conditions,” Rainge said.
“If it wasn’t for them…I’d either be under a bridge or an abandoned building still freezing, trying to survive, barely trying to get by with food.,” said James Curry.
The group What Do You Need has helped four people get out of those tents in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and they hope to help more as more donations pour in, especially during these brutal winter months.MORE NEWS: 2 CPD Officers, Woman Taken To Hospital After Hit-And-Run
For more information on the group, visit www.whatdoyouneednwi.com.