Temp shelters for homeless ready

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff City Council members were informed of shelters to which homeless may be referred on these cold winter nights.
In the public comment portion of the Jan. 11 meeting, Teri Caswell of Faith in Action Outreach told council members about a ministry to homeless people which started this month. First United Methodist Church of Athens will begin opening its doors to homeless men to spend the night out of the elements each Thursday night beginning Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. The Methodist church will provide a meal, a warm, safe place to sleep, and breakfast. Caswell also said the Room in the Inn program will start in February at Gun Barrel City’s Church of the Nazarene (on a night to be decided) and hopes to find other area churches willing to donate one night of shelter per week. Women who need shelter also have access to “The Farm” run by Judy Seaton. “If you come across any homeless folks, send them our way, we can get them the resources they need,” Caswell said.
If you would like more information on how to help, send an email to tcaswell@fiaoutreach.org or call (903)489-7500.
She also reported the local kettle drive benefiting the Salvation Army raised $6,800. “All of that money will stay in the area,” she added. Faith in Action in Malakoff serves about 120 people per week, Caswell said, and is affiliated with the Salvation Army as well as the Henderson County Needs Network.
Delanda Johnson talked about upcoming events celebrating the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday marking his birth is Monday, Jan. 18. That night, at 7 p.m., the Henderson County Black History Committee will host a candlelight vigil at New Hope CME Church at 120 N. Havana St.
Johnson Chapel AME Church will host the annual Gospel Explosion” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Johnson Chapel is located at 1403 W. Royall Blvd. (State Highway 31).