Emergency shelter opens as extra escape from cold

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:17am

The Summer Grove Baptist Church opened up an emergency winter weather shelter to help anyone hoping to get out of the freezing temperatures and into the warmth.

Ray Tabor, one of the coordinators at the Summer Grove Baptist Church shelter, told us the idea came about at a Sunday school class.  "We saw we were going to have some cold weather below freezing.  We decided we were going to do something to help the Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army with some of the overflow and the people in this area," he said.

The American Red Cross provided cots and blankets to Summer Grove Baptist Church to have another warm place for the homeless to escape the cold weather.

Tabor told us about a family with children that stopped by earlier this week.  The children needed shoes, socks and coats, so volunteers from the church dug through the clothes closet to help dress the kids appropriately for the weather.

The church's clothes closest has some donations already, but they are asking for people to donate clothes especially in children and baby sizes.  Cots, blankets and food are also needed to allow for more people to stay overnight.  Donations can be dropped off at Summer Grove Baptist Church at 8924 Jewella Ave. in Shreveport.

Tabor said that church members and volunteers from the community help provide three meals a day and snacks to those who are seeking shelter at the church.

The church also welcomes volunteers to help out during the day and especially at night when the most people come to stay.  Tabor said he stayed all night on Tuesday night and was planning on stay all night on Wednesday night.

In the first night of opening the shelter, Tabor said that they helped eleven people.  Right now, the shelter can hold up to as many as 100 people at a time.  The church plans to keep the shelter open through the end of the week while overnight temperatures are expected to remain below freezing.


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