Cold weather shelters provide warmth for those in need

Cold weather shelters provide warmth for those in need

A cold November morning greeted people Thursday as soon as they stepped out their doors. But, many in the Lowcountry were safe from that chill thanks to cold weather shelters.

Hope Assembly of God, in downtown Charleston, opened its doors Tuesday night, for the first time in months.

Pastor Gordon Cashwell said although the church was caught off-guard by the cold snap, it's always ready to help those in need.

"We're just telling people, 'God loves them and Jesus loves them and there's always hope and we're not just going to talk about it, we want to show them,'" said Pastor Gordon. "We want to give something to them to let them know that and let them know they're worth a whole lot."

Tuesday night, when the Lowcountry saw temperatures in the 20's, more than 20 people sought shelter at at Hope Assembly of God.

Wednesday night, that number decreased to about 15 people.

For homeless veteran Michael Chapman, a warm place to stay Wednesday night was an answer to his prayers.

"I needed a place to sleep with warmth," said Chapman. "The last night I slept at the museum and it was real cold. So, I came here. My friend told me about coming here. So, here I am. I slept good last night for a change and I hadn't slept in 3 nights."

Whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees, Hope Assembly opens its doors for people in need. It opens at 7 pm. When the sun comes up, the church provides a warm breakfast and then encourages the people to find work for the day.

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