Church buses in overflow from other shelters - - Jackson, MS

Church buses in overflow from other shelters

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  As the overnight temperatures drop into the teens this week, the capital city's shelters are filling up. And a South Jackson church is providing a warm bed for those who have nowhere else to go.

New Jerusalem Church is opening its gym nightly for overflow from other shelters. The church is partnering with the city to provide food and nightly transportation to its gym. In the morning, shelter clients are bused to Stewpot's Opportunity Center downtown.

The shelter opened its doors December 1st and will stay open until the weather warms up.

A spokesperson said the number of people sleeping in the shelter has steadily increased since it opened.

"Thank God for people that help the less fortunate, this is surely not a place I think I would have been two years ago," said Roderick Morris, a shelter client.

"Everybody has a story to tell and they just want somebody to hear their story and we're here to do that, save lives, and get them out of the cold," said Eliza Garcia, shelter spokesperson.

The shelter is still in need of volunteers and donations. If you'd like to find out more, contact New Jerusalem Church at 601-720-5078.

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