Baldwin Co. opens warming shelter | News
In Baldwin County Tuesday night, there's a place for the homeless to seek shelter from the cold.
Baldwin Co. Fire Rescue teamed up with North Ridge Campus Church to host a warming shelter.
Fire Chief Troy Reynolds says it's the first ever in Milledgeville.
"We're going to be prepared for about 40 to 50 people," he said.
Baldwin Co. Deputy EMA Dir, Colin Duke, reached out to the church off North Columbia street because it was centrally located downtown.
"We don't have a lot of cold weather like that and just didn't realize there was kind of a need for it, so we're trying to be a little proactive and get something open," said Duke.
They had requests to open one when temperatures hit single digits in early January, but this time there's more time to prepare for the demand.
"If there's more than expected we'll adjust, adapt, and overcome somewhere, somehow. We won't turn anyone away," said Reynolds.
The Red Cross offered up the supplies to house the homeless with cots, blankets, and care packages .
Setup began at 3 p.m and church doors opened at 5 p.m.
He expected that the warming shelter would be open through the night and into the morning.
Reynolds said depending on the weather, the shelter might be open tomorrow night as well.
Northride Christian Church is located at 555 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061.