Though the ice and snow didn’t make its way to Nashville, this gloomy Wednesday could be just as dangerous.
“This weather today is as deadly as it gets for a homeless person,” said Steven Young. “They get wet, what they have gets wet, they have no means to dry it out, then you add the colder temperatures and that’s a deadly mix.”
Steven Young spent five years on the Nashville streets. He now runs Home Street Ministries, a nonprofit on a mission to provide for the homeless.
“Food, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, heaters, propane, things that help then get through days like today,” said Young. “They have to survive. We hear all the time about getting them jobs, but they have to survive until they have that opportunity.”
And while there are shelters open in Nashville, like the Nashville Rescue Mission and Room in the Inn, many are unable to make the trip.
So that’s where Home Street Ministries steps in, canvassing the city. But with donations running dangerously low, they’ll need help this winter.
“We depend on individuals. 95% of our money comes through individual donations,” said Young. “This is only gonna get worse.”