Multiple Tuscaloosa organizations offer shelter during bitter co

Multiple Tuscaloosa organizations offer shelter during bitter cold

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The Jesus Way Homeless Shelter is one organization helping. Source: WBRC video The Jesus Way Homeless Shelter is one organization helping. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Many organizations are working this week to keep people in need safe during below-freezing temperatures.

People sort clothes for folks needing something warm to wear inside Tuscaloosa's Jesus Way Homeless Shelter. Terri Jones say this can be a tough time of year for people without a home.

"Being homeless is awful when you don't have no family, friends. It's downright bad," Jones said.

She knows about this struggle firsthand because she was homeless until the shelter took her in a few months ago.

Calls to the shelter rise as temperatures drop according Jackie Doughty, who helps run the shelter along with her father and others.

"In the last weeks, it's been tremendously increased because of the weather," Doughty said.

Monday was bone chillingly cold. By noon, the temperature were as low as 23 degrees according to some electronic signs along Highway 69 South.

"It fills real quick because we're the only homeless shelter in Tuscaloosa at the moment," Doughty said.

The Salvation Army is awaiting more funding to rebuild their shelter destroyed by the April 27 tornado. Jesus Way Homeless Shelter is full after finding space for 15 kids and 16 adults.

That's why officials with the city of Tuscaloosa are directing people in need to the Compassion Coalition.

"I believe last night, they put up a total of 11 people seeking shelter for heat," Tuscaloosa Police Sgt. Brent Blankley.

If you call Tuscaloosa Police at 205-349-2121 or Tuscaloosa 3-1-1, officials will connect those in need of shelter with the help they need.

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