THE latest bout of cold overnight temperatures didn't draw many guests to the Uniting Safe Shelter, but it was for a very good reason.
Coordinator of the service, Julie Greig, said that USS has been pushing their overnight guests to find more permanent housing so they can get their lives back on track.
That extra effort meant that many people had found accommodation prior to the freezing temperatures.
"We've been pushing the guys a bit to get some accommodation and we're pleased that they have been doing that," Ms Greig said.
USS, now in its second year, opened for the first time this winter in May.
Since then, the shelter has provided temporary accommodation to more than 30 different people, averaging three guests a night.
The service runs at the back of the Uniting Church hall, providing beds for up to seven guests a night.
While there, they have access to basic cooking facilities, a bathroom and access to warm clothing.
Ms Greig said USS was pleased to see numbers reduce, as it meant the men were finding permanent housing.
The shelter will remain open through to mid October, ensure homeless men have access to safe accommodation over the Bathurst 1000 weekend.
Ms Greig said USS would not be successful if it wasn't for the generous support of individuals and groups within the community.
"It continues to grow as an amazing community project. There is about eight churches involved now and a large group of community services involved, as well as generous individuals who give their time," she said.
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Paramedics students from Charles Sturt University are among them.
Ms Greig said the university supplies students to stay with the overnight guests and the service would not be able to operate without their help.
More important than them just being present overnight, the students have been able to provide the guests with company.
"The overnight guests think they are all terrific. They find them not only to be helpful, but welcoming and kind," Ms Greig.
The only time USS can't rely on the paramedics students is over the university holidays, when many leave Bathurst to visit family.
During that time, other community members step in to stay with the guests.
In addition to overnight volunteers, individuals have helped the shelter by participating in cooking bees, helping with cleaning and donating items to the service.