Center Helps Homeless Stay Warm

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Sunday, February 04 2007 Feb 4, 2007 Sunday, February 04, 2007 6:53:24 AM CST February 04, 2007 in News

Being homeless himself, Chris Carroll knows how difficult it is to stay warm. And when temperatures sometimes reach bellow 14 degrees finding a warm place and a warm bed is hard to come by.

"Once a bed's empty it's filled within a couple hours or same day ya know," said Carroll. "With it this cold out here I've had guys come up and be glad to sleep in the hallway here. But it gets pretty crowded here with 11, 12 people milling through the hall, but I tell them, you know, it's better than sleeping out there when it's freezing."

And it's guys like Willie Pippins who appreciates having a warm place to stay.

"It's pretty rough out there, yeah, I try to stay out of it as much as I can," said Pippins.

Folks like Pippins eat and sleep at homeless shelters like Carroll's until they can manage on their own, find a job and support the ones they love.

"Well I have a sister and a brother and they got kids and stuff, and like I said I didn't want to be no burden to them so I just came to Columbia," said Pippins.

For now, Carroll wants to help those like Pippins, and get them out of the cold, while getting his own life back together.

Now, the New Life Evangelistic Center is in desperate need of some more winter clothes. Things like gloves, hats, men's winter jackets the center's grateful for all assistance.

New Life Evangelistic Center: (573) 875 - 0603

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