dr martens 3989 brogue Options For The Homeless During The Deep Freeze In Memphis
There is a new warming center that free for anyone who needs it. The Community Alliance for the Homeless says last year on a cold January night, they found more than 1400 homeless people.
“We open 4:00 o in the afternoon to 7 the next morning,” said Randy Dickey, creator of Shepherd Inn. “There no cost to the shelter, all the food is free, we cook them a good meal, we had a couple of chefs from Beale Street come.”
Dickey is the brainchild of Shepherd Inn, the new warming center at 3683 Austin Peay, aimed to house the homeless in these freezing temperatures.
“Probably a little over than 180 have come through, and that in the 10 days we been here,” Dickey explained. “I got into the downtown area and search the alley ways and behind the buildings and parks and try to gather as many as I can sometimes I get a van full and I try to go back to gather the rest of them.”
Dickey purchased a van and throughout the day he gathers homeless people out of the cold.
“A lot of the shelters they want to charge you money to stay there, and if you don have any money to stay in the shelter, they don want to hear nothing. If you don have it, they turn you away,” Dickey said.
The Community Alliance for Homeless says the homeless count is down 75% this year,
but there is still a great need for these types of shelters.
“Every year, we have roughly 7,000 people coming in our system in duplicated, most of them get housed,” said Chere Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Alliance for the Homeless.
However, not every homeless person is able to get free housing, and that why Dickey says he started Shepherd Inn.
“After 10 o Wednesday night, I think I had over 25 calls from people that wanted to know where the shelter was, some of the people here have no utilities and they were wanting to get inside of a warming shelter with their children,” Dickey said.
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