Churches offer shelters to homeless
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:10:16 GMT —
Single digit temperatures are expected across Mid-Missouri tonight.
Thatâ??s why volunteers at several Columbia churches have set up an emergency shelter for the homeless.
United Methodist volunteers are using church buses to bring people from their free evening meal at Loaves and Fishes on Wilkes Boulevard to the Unitarian Universalist Church on Shepard Boulevard.
Volunteers are using city owned cots and blankets at the church for about 30 people every night.
In the past, United Methodist volunteers were the only ones offering the program.
Organizers said they are happy to share the load with other churches for the first time this year.
United Methodist Pastor Larry Williams said, â??The key element is that this is a collaborative effort. Itâ??s not just one congregation. Itâ??s a whole host of people including government agencies, corporate agencies and churches all coming together to help with people that really need some help during this really cold weather.â??
The bus service to Unitarian Universalist Church ends on December 20.
Beginning on January 1, several other Columbia churches will take turns offering the service throughout the winter.