While the weather in much of the South today is beautiful, it’s also dangerous for many of our friends who are without housing. The shelters in Nashville cannot hold all of Nashville’s homeless, and many are left outside without adequate clothing and shelter. On Wednesday (the 12th) and Thursday (the 13th), we are planning to open an emergency shelter at Hobson United Methodist Church in East Nashville because the projected temperature lows are in the mid-low teens. We will be able to accommodate couples, pets, and those who may suffer with severe and persistent mental illness. These are some of the groups who can’t be accommodated in the larger shelters. In order to do this, we need volunteers to:
– Be Inn Keepers both nights (7pm – 7am),
– Go to Walmart, Target, or Kmart and get the $9.99 twin air mattresses (we no longer have access to cots),
– Be present at any time from 6pm Wednesday to 10 am Friday.
We also need donations like laundry detergent, crossword puzzles, games, books, giant trash bags, tents, heavy duty disposable plates, bowls, plastic ware, cups, napkins, socks, men and women’s underwear, feminine hygiene products, dish washing liquid, clorox wipes, cups, ground coffee, juice, blankets, sleeping bags, toiletries, and warm clothes. If you are interested in helping anytime from Wednesday afternoon until Friday afternoon, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to post updates on this blog. Thanks!