WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- More 20,000 people are sleeping in shelters, across North Carolina. Some of them are staying, right here in the Triad.

The people we spoke with are holding up pretty well, all things considered. However, they're ready to get back and start again.

"Let not your heart be troubled," read Deborah Hunter from John, Chapter 14.

The decision to leave home is a hard one, but keeping your mind off home may be even harder. "Homesick. Very homesick. And it's only been like three days. I've been super homesick and worried about it," said Daquadri Howard.

Howard came to Winston-Salem from Wilmington with his aunt and uncle, but his parents are still in Wilmington.

"I like begged them to come. Tried -- they just wouldn't budge," said Howard.

These are the kinds of things folks are left to think about as they wait.

Some offer hope any way they can.

"I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself," Deborah Hunter continued reading.

The Hunters offer offer it in bible verses, and if you want hope in worship form?

"You see that big 17 passenger van we pulled up in," asked John Hunter while pointing at a van he plans to pick folks up in for Sunday morning service.

While a place to lay your head, hot meals, and a place of hope can be life-saving, at some point it's time to get back to just that, Life.

"I'm ready to go back home. That's my city," said Howard.

Howard said he hasn't heard from his parents in a couple days, but friends back home have assured him that everything should be okay.