Families find warmth in temporary home at Dothan Rescue Mission

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Many facilities have opened their doors this week as a warming station for those who don't have a place to lay their heads at night. But some places, like the Dothan Rescue Mission, are open 24 hours, seven days week.

"I don't consider it a shelter,” says Lashawn Valley, who has been living at the facility with her son for more than a month. “It’s a roof over our heads with windows- just like your own home. The only difference is, there are 'blessings' here so to speak."

Valley and her nine-year-old son Kristopher found their temporary home at the mission after she went through a rough patch in her life.

“It's a transition due to an abusive relationship,” she added. “We needed a safe place to be until we can transition where the Lord is going to lead us."

They get three meals a day, and Lashawn is also taking the Rescue Mission’s job and computer training to help her get back on her feet.

"It’s just a little bump in the road, which happens in life. I’m very thankful and very blessed that we’re here."

Marketing Director Chris Grandstaff says they're typically busier this time of the year. About 60 people are there now and the facility can hold up to 100. Grandstaff expects it will pick up as the temperatures continue to drop.

"They just can't bear staying out in those temperatures. We've been checking people into the night. 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 o’clock in the morning, we're still checking people in,” said Grandstaff.

The Dothan Rescue Mission is always looking for volunteers, especially after the holiday season. You can contact them at (334) 794-4637 and ask for Chris.