Valley Rescue Mission opens as warming shelter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As the temperature drops, it can become more and more brutal for those without a place to call home. With some of the coldest air of the season headed our way, those at the Valley Rescue Mission activated a winter plan for those in need.

"It doesn't have to be very cold to be very uncomfortable, and dangerous," said Development Director at Valley Rescue Mission, Mitzi Oxford.

For one of the first times this year, Valley Rescue Mission is opening their doors, for a special outreach initiative.

With temperatures expected to reach as low as 27 degrees, the unexpected cold surge is prompting various warming stations to open their doors.

"We have made accommodations to take care of anyone who needs to come here because of the cold weather," said Oxford.

At Valley Rescue Mission, they say their goal is to provide a bed, heat, a hot meal, and protection to those who need it most.

Oxford says they are even allowing special policies so that anyone can receive the help they may need.

"Usually we have an intake process, where there is paperwork filled out. But we are not doing that right now because we know what the need is and we know these men need to come out of the cold and have a safe, warm environment," said Oxford.

The shelter opened at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and will remain open until Thursday.

Damascus Way will also be open for women and children. SafeHouse opened their doors Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.

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