Winnie Anne Wright
January 7, 2014
Valdosta, GA - The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross has partnered with several churches in three counties to open Good Will Shelters.This partnership provides assistance to those in need by opening their doors as a warming shelter.
"No one organization can be everywhere and do everything. Resources just don't allow that. So by combining, everyone combines together, the resources that they have, it creates a whole, and only the community benefits from that", says Jack Looney, Emergency Services Program Manager for the South GA Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The shelters are open throughout the night and provide refuge for those without heat.
"The alternative for people who don't have a place like this would be to stay where they are. In a place like an abandoned building, or actually out in the woods, in encampments and tents, that kind of stuff, and they could literally freeze to death. And so, that's what we are trying to prevent" says Pastor Michael Nelligan, founder of Mission Point Baptist Church.
Nelligan says everyone is welcome for a warm place to stay and a hot meal. The shelters are located at:
First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville,
225 E. Jackson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792
POC: Mr. Bill Krech (229-413-3157)(229-224-4761)
Open doors at 5:00pm until 8:00am
Mission Point Baptist in Valdosta,
100 N. Ashley St.
Valdosta, GA 31602
POC: Mike Nelligan
Open doors at 6:00pm until 8:00am
Newton Grove Church in Moultrie.
722 2nd Ave NW
Moultrie GA 31776
POC: Mr. Ponder
Open doors at 8:00pm until 8:00am