Clarksville Shelters Open Ahead of Cold Weather
by Emily Luxen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Hours before temperatures are expected to once again drop to dangerous levels, warming shelters are already opening in Clarksville.
For the second time this winter, Manna Café Ministries has helped coordinate incoming donations and work with churches willing to donate space. Monday at 4 p.m., shelters opened at Grace Church of the Nazarene and New Providence United Methodist Church.
"I knew we would be doing it again, but I didn't know it would happen this quickly," said Kenny York, the director of Manna Café."
Both churches are now filled with beds, blankets and plenty of food. Volunteers are ready to help in any way they can.
"It's just a blessing," said Wanda Wheeler, a volunteer and member of New Providence United Methodist Church. "It just makes you feel warm inside to know you have been able to help someone."
Both of the Clarksville shelter locations will be open through noon on Friday. The shelter at Grace Church of the Nazarene will be designated for men, while the location at New Providence United Methodist Church will be co-ed. The hours of operation may be adjusted based on the forecast.
Volunteers will also be shuttling people from the downtown Clarksville transit center to both locations.
For more information, or to volunteer or donate items, call 931-933-0970 or visit www.mannacafeministries.com.
In Nashville, Open Table Nashville will be operating shelters Tuesday through Thursday at various area churches. Room in the Inn and the Nashville Rescue Mission will also open their doors for anyone in need. The Rescue Mission will also be doing cold patrols to transport people to the shelter.