It has been an unusually warm start to winter, but Greater Joy Missionary Baptist Church is preparing for the return of cold weather in the weeks and months ahead.
“We have a motto that no one will be left outside in the cold on our watch,” said Bishop Shelton Daniel, Greater Joy’s pastor.
The Joy Shelter within the church opens its doors as an emergency shelter to the homeless between November and March when the temperature falls below freezing or there is a need.
“One morning I got a phone call that someone was sleeping on the church steps. It was so cold the night before, and I said to myself, ‘Wow, I can’t believe someone slept outside in those conditions,’” Daniel said. “Immediately from that day to this day, we have made sure that didn’t have to happen.” (Source: Read more)