Local church starts warming center, hopes for more volunteers
Carterville First Baptist Church starts a warming station for homeless.
CARTERVILLE, Mo. – Carterville resident Cheyenne Brooke is passionate about helping those in need in her community.
“I love this community. I adore this community. So anything I can do to enhance it or give better opportunities for, that’s what I’m here for,” says Brooke.
So when her church needed people to step up for a pretty important project, she didn’t hesitate to jump in.
“Ever since the weather started getting crazy and it started icing, we opened our church as a warming center for while we’re here,” says Darren Wallace, Senior Pastor at Carterville First Baptist Church.
Carterville First Baptist Church is offering a warming station in the sanctuary of the church, so those less fortunate can get out of the cold even if it’s just temporarily.
While they’re there, they can have a hot coffee or hot chocolate, a snack, and pick out a free blanket to take with them once they go back into the bone chilling cold.
The church is trying to fill a gap in the community.
“That’s another reason why we decided to open that up here. Like, Webb City, Carterville, and Oronogo, Carthage. Yeah, we don’t really have much,” explains Brooke.
“We just want them to know this is a safe place. There’s no judgement here. They’re welcome to come here. We’re not gonna ask questions,” adds Wallace.
Right now the warming station is only open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church hopes to find more volunteers so they can have the service later into the evening.
“I think we could have it open longer if we have actual people to be here to man it. Because we each have things we need to do in the afternoons. So, if we have people here to help run it, it would be a little easier to keep it open longer through the day,” says volunteer Robin Root.
“Our whole goal is just to care about people. And this is a small way to do it. Just opening our doors, turning the heat up, and inviting people in,” says Wallace.
If you want to get involved as a volunteer, call the church at 417-673-4676.
They are also accepting blanket, personal hygiene products and snacks as donations.
You can learn more about all of the services the church offers by going here: https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistChurchofCarterville/