Freezing temperatures in the wiregrass are forcing homeless people in Dothan to scour the city for a place to stay, and one local shelter will not be turning anyone away, as long as old man winter sticks around.
The Dothan Rescue Mission is now opened 24 hours a day, to help accommodate homeless people. With temperatures in the low 30's, homeless people run the risk of getting sick when sleeping in the streets, and that's why many of them are going to the mission looking for help.
"It played the biggest part in me being here because I didn't want to be out in the cold with my son, and this place really took me under their wings," said Tom Hardy, who is staying at the shelter.
Like Tom Hardy, dozens of others are going to the rescue mission where they can enjoy a warm meal and have a bed to sleep on.
Brad Hardy says, "Our women's lodge right now is almost filled to capacity, so if anyone were to come in tonight we'll bring beds out to the chapel and let them stay in the chapel, but nobody is going to be turned away tonight."
The Rescue Mission has already run out of money to pay for electricity and food for the month of January, so those who work at the mission are asking the public for help so that "they" can in turn relay that help to those who don't have a roof over their head, and those who are not guaranteed a meal every day.
If you would like to donate to the rescue mission, contact Brad Hardy at (334) 794-4637.