Places To Stay Warm During Frigid Temperature Drop


By Catalina Trivino

As temperatures plunge, many of you are probably at home trying to keep warm. But what happens to those who don't have a permanent place to stay?

People are preparing for the worst as temperatures continue to dip. The Montgomery area may even break a 43-year record low on Tuesday. Now, it's a race for some people who are trying to find a warm place to stay.

Frigid cold weather... and some people without a place to keep warm -- it's a scary thought for Rodney Witacker , who is homeless.

"I wouldnt want to be outside right now because you can catch hypothermia, you know? You need somewhere warm to stay at this moment because the longer you be out here, the colder you're going to get," Said Witacker.

But he's one of dozens who have found a place to keep warm at the Montgomery Salvation Army. Officials say they've already had 50 people come in overnight, where they'll have a place to eat, sleep and keep warm -- and they anticipate even more people to come.

"We provide a warm dinner, a warm bed, a shower facility and allow them to have lunch and breakfast and just a good place, a warm place to be," Said Captain Mark Gilliam with the Salvation Army.

Ninety-three air matresses, meals and beverages are available at New Life Church of God and Christ off Patterson Road in Montgomery. They've set up a 24-hour shelter.

In Elmore County, warming stations have opened their doors. First United Methodist Church of Millbrook is one of four locations in the county and while they're only temporary stations, volunteers say they'll stay as long as they need to.

"Now however, some folks are homeless. They don't have a place to go back to. And those folks can stay here, so this will be open to them for something of that sort," Said volunteer coordinator for Elmore County, Shirley Stewart.

And if it weren't for these shelters and warming stations, Witacker says he wouldn't know where to go...

"You have to find somewhere ready to go, like somewhere like the library or the bus station. Somewhere like that to stay warm," Said Witacker, who told us if it weren't for places like the Salvation Army, he'd be sleeping in his truck.

So far, Red Cross officials say they have not activated any other shelters in Montgomery yet, but they are on stand by.





New LIfe Church of God and Christ -- 5000 Patterson Rd, Montgomery AL   334-558-0658




Warming Stations with 24-hour Operations:

First Baptist Church - 1279 Friendship Road, Tallassee

First United Methodist Church of Millbrook - 3350 Edgewood Road, Millbrook

First United Methodist Church of Tallassee - 1 Jordan Avenue, Tallassee

Robinson Springs United Methodist Church - 5980 Main Street, Millbrook


The following location will open for limited hours on Monday and Tuesday, beginning at noon until 6 pm only.

Millbrook Baptist Church - 3431 Brown Rd, Millbrook. OPEN:  Jan 6th & 7th, from noon to 6 pm only.