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Church offering shelter from the cold ahead of tomorrow's freezing temperatures


The cold weather coming our way could be dangerous for the homeless.

Christ N Us ministry in Bayou La Batre wants to make sure no one is without shelter Sunday. It already houses more than 30 people on a daily basis. While their doors are always open to any and everyone, they're especially urging those with no where to stay to come tomorrow.

Those who need shelter from the cold, a hot shower, warm clothes, a coat and something to eat can get it at Christ N Us.

"Its cold man and we need shelter," said Associate Pastor Nicholas Platt.

With temperatures possibly falling into the low 30s tomorrow evening, and the teens to 20s in certain places Monday, its extremely important for pets and people to be inside.

"We're making preparations for immediate shelter," he said.

So in preparation, Christ N Us is transforming their church into a shelter.

"We'll be removing the pews and stuff and bring in cots and just anybody that needs to come in for the cold weather will be able to," explained Platt.

The ministry will be taking in anyone who wants to escape the cold.

"People need the shelter. I don't really know too many in this area to take in any and everybody that needs shelter," he said.

The ministry houses more than 30 people now. The workers volunteer their time, many of them who were once a part of the program themselves.

"For me its because its helped me. I was in the same position. If not probably worse than a lot of people. I made a lot of bad choices and ended up on drugs and all and became homeless. This place helped me and now I'm doing everything I can in return," he explained.

While the focus is helping people, they say the goal is to spread one message.

"Jesus is still Lord," said Platt.

Folks trying to escape the cold can start coming in Sunday around 3 pm. There will be some exceptions. For instance, sex offenders will not be allowed to stay because of children. Christ N Us also wants people to know that anyone in need is always welcome and anyone feeling the need to give is welcome to do that also.

For more information, contact Christ N Us on Facebook or by calling (251) 824-4003.

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