A $2,000 grant provided some much-needed cots for South Bend’s warming shelters, replacing the worn rubber mats used as beds. However, when Project WARM received the cots, they discovered they were made of cloth. Unlike rubber, disinfectants can saturate cloth. Over time, this would be like sleeping in a pool of Lysol. Not a healthy thought.
“I don’t see why you couldn’t use them. You can spray Lysol on anything,” Deputy Director of the St. Joseph Emergency Management Agency said, adding that no grant money is available for additional cots. “We’re not going to provide different ones if they can’t use them.”