Temple finds winter solution for homeless shelters

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

TEMPLE -- Without a central place to house those who are homeless the city of Temple has assembled six shelters and churches to provide temporary housing this winter.

"It's life threatening if it gets too cold so we want to encourage people to get out of the cold and these agencies that are already shelters for specific other programs have opened up their shelters," said Judy Morales, Bell County H.E.L.P. 

For Stephen Neatherlin, founder of Humble House Ministries, taking part in the emergency warming plan is more than a good deed.

It's a possibility to change lives.

"People need to be loved. Sometimes if you can show them that they're loved then maybe you can lead them. I know that was true for my life," said Neatherlin.

As a recovering alcoholic, Neatherlin knows the importance of an open door.

"There were folks in my life that helped me. I don't even know where they are today but they were a part of helping me get to where I was and so I just feel responsible to do something," said Neatherlin.

Along with five other shelters, Humble House Ministries will provide housing if the National Weather Service predicts three consecutive nights below freezing.

And there will be more than just blankets provided.

"I just hang out and cheer everybody up and keep them in a good mood," said Brent Parish, a Humble House student.

"There are people here that do care. We, are just here to spread gods love and that welcome them in with open arms and help them in whatever way we can," said Chris Weed, Humble House teacher.

Those in need of warmth can dial 211 to find out if the emergency warming centers are open.

To find out more about the emergency warmth plan and Humble House Ministries, log onto http://www.ci.temple.tx.us or visit http://humblehouseministries.com


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