Group of churches create homeless shelter during cold months - WKRN News 2

Group of churches create homeless shelter during cold months

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. -

Temperatures are dropping below freezing and the homeless are struggling to find warm places to sleep, but a group of churches in Wilson County are coming together to help out.

Compassionate Hands, comprised of 10 churches across many denominations, has set up a temporary homeless shelter during the cold months.

Hosted by each church at different times, the mobile shelter offers a nightly, hot meal and a place for many to sleep.

They also help transport the homeless community to the church at night, utilizing their transportation resources, and wherever they need to be the next day.

"It's worked out really good. We're not going to have anyone freeze to death without having an option," said volunteer Bill Durham.

Jessie Ulner works construction during the day, but right now, he doesn't have a home.  

"I was just on the street. I had no place to stay," he told News 2.

He has been staying at the Compassionate Hands shelter every night after work since the beginning of December.

"Even now, they probably don't know how much I appreciate it," Ulner said.

Unlike Ulner, many of the homeless can't find work, so volunteers like Durham are also offering guidance and job placement help.

"Because the saddest part about this job is when you pick them up from the host church in the morning, where do you take them?" Durham asked.

Volunteer Kaity Guzman told News 2 she volunteers because she knows that someone's care can make all the different.

"To kind of give them that encouragement and just some love," she said.

Compassionate Hands plans to hold the homeless shelter every night through the end of February.

They've received plenty of donations of food, but toiletries are still needed.  Anyone who wishes to help can contact Cross Style Church in Lebanon.

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