Valley Rescue Mission to open emergency cold weather shelter for men

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 2:54 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 8:38 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Valley Rescue Mission is providing emergency cold-weather shelter for homeless men starting Monday, Jan. 17.

The Valley Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center has remained open providing shelter to homeless women and children, however, the men’s shelter was closed due to COVID-19.

“In following those CDC guidelines as it related to quarantines, the decision was made to close the men’s center,” Greg Wilson of Valley Rescue Mission said. “But always in the back of our hearts, our minds, our discussions, our meetings, we were always - we looked forward to this day.”

Valley Rescue Mission has decided to reopen the center early for specifically an emergency cold weather shelter - as temperatures continue to drop in our area.

“They matter. Regardless of where life has them at this particular juncture, that they matter,” Wilson added. “They’re loved not only by their own community, but Jesus Christ also loves them as well.”

Clients who stay during the night will receive food and comfortable bedding in a safe and secure environment. Shelter operations will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. during the cold weather emergency.

“We have a loaves and fishes program where individuals are able to come into the mission,” Wilson said. “The community is able to come into the mission and eat a hot meal. The individuals, the men that will stay with us that night, don’t have to leave. They can come in as early as 3:00 p.m. and get a hot meal and just stay with us until 9:00 the next morning.”

Valley Rescue Mission is located at 2903 2nd Avenue in Columbus.

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