It’s not even winter yet, but shelters in Vernon are already operating at capacity.

In fact, people are being turned away.

Randene Wejr, co-executive director of Turning Points Collaborative Society which operates the shelters, said in one week, there were 75 instances where someone had to be denied access.

That does not mean 75 people had to spend the night in the cold, as the same people could have been turned away multiple times.

The recent cold snap has made a warm bed even more of a necessity, and the really cold months haven’t even arrived yet.