“We don’t turn anyone away,” said Tony Cooper, regarding the Jimmie Hale Mission’s cold weather policy.
With temperatures expected to drop below freezing in the coming days, many are concerned about the homeless in Birmingham. For years now, the Mission’s cold weather policy has been that once it hits 43 degrees, absolutely no one is turned away.
“If our dorm gets full, we’ll move people out into the hall – it’s just as warm and close to the bathrooms,” Mr. Cooper explained. “We’ll bring out mats and blankets and pillows … you can’t turn anyone away when it’s so cold outside.”
The next morning, the Mission serves breakfast to everyone. Of course, it is the Mission’s hope that someone will choose to join the long-term program and turn their life around. “We use this opportunity to minister to those that come to us,” Mr. Cooper said. “We like to say that ‘our product is changed lives,’ so we want these people to get in our program, get in our learning center and get back to work and back on their feet.”
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