Church ready to open as warming center

Grateful Life said they've already been tracking the weather. They're expecting this winter to be below freezing.

Posted: Nov 17, 2018 7:20 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2018 2:23 PM

With even colder temperatures heading this way this winter, worshipers at one local church are ready to open their doors as a warming shelter.

Last year, WAAY 31 reported that Grateful Life Community Church welcomed in people who are homeless along with their pets. The doors were open to the guests for three weeks. Last year's warming shelter was a success because of all the help from the community and they took in up to 70 people and pets.

"A lot of these folks, you wind up homeless and never expect it. That's exactly what happens," said Ron Ricard.

Volunteer Ron Ricard at The Grateful Life Community Church said the homeless don't have to wait until it's below freezing to come to the church. Every Sunday, their doors are open.

"We have a clothing closet that hands out coats, light jackets, hoodies, thermals and underwear," Ricard said.

They also hand out medicine, blankets, hygiene products and serve warm meals.

"We don't think about fried chicken as a luxury, but some of these folks who are living in tents or in the street, they may have fried chicken once a year. It's real warm and comfort food," Ricard said.

Once the temperature is below 32 degrees for 24 consecutive hours or if it's snowing, Grateful Life will open the church as a warming center. However, this year they're doing things differently.

"We'll have sponsorship nights this year where we get groups or churches or anyone who wants to provide a meal, do group singing or play bingo with our residents," Ricard said.

Right now, church volunteers are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. They're expecting to feed over 100 people.

Grateful Life said they've already been tracking the weather. They're expecting this winter to be below freezing.

The warming shelter has been a ministry of The Grateful Life Community Church for five years.

Huntsville/Redstone
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 51°
Huntsville/Madison
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 46°
Decatur
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 51°
Fort Payne
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 52°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 522131

Reported Deaths: 10790
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson754831494
Mobile39111799
Madison34084500
Tuscaloosa25396444
Montgomery24037573
Shelby23210242
Baldwin20714302
Lee15614166
Calhoun14350311
Morgan14164273
Etowah13696348
Marshall12007220
Houston10408279
Elmore10018203
Limestone9858148
Cullman9507191
St. Clair9478236
Lauderdale9271233
DeKalb8760183
Talladega8122173
Walker7146276
Autauga6760106
Jackson6760110
Blount6529133
Colbert6234132
Coffee5431113
Dale4779111
Russell430939
Franklin420982
Chilton4114110
Covington4068115
Tallapoosa3915148
Escambia390374
Dallas3525150
Chambers3516122
Clarke347260
Marion3072100
Pike306576
Lawrence296295
Winston273272
Bibb256361
Marengo248461
Geneva246275
Pickens233259
Barbour227155
Hale218675
Butler213168
Fayette209460
Henry188144
Cherokee182744
Randolph177241
Monroe172740
Washington165338
Macon156148
Clay150155
Crenshaw149557
Cleburne146741
Lamar139734
Lowndes137353
Wilcox124727
Bullock121940
Conecuh109528
Perry107626
Sumter103232
Coosa99428
Greene91434
Choctaw58824
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 830484

Reported Deaths: 12049
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby927281585
Davidson87309923
Knox49411623
Hamilton43254481
Rutherford41816420
Williamson27237214
Sumner23155339
Montgomery19075224
Wilson17979224
Out of TN1794598
Unassigned16655134
Sullivan16096287
Blount14963194
Bradley14518147
Washington14129242
Sevier13116174
Maury13021168
Putnam11155173
Madison10771240
Robertson9567127
Anderson8599171
Hamblen8478170
Greene7715152
Tipton7216102
Coffee6824121
Dickson6724109
Cumberland6555127
Carter6443156
Bedford6409127
Gibson6387144
McMinn634295
Roane6174102
Jefferson6061121
Loudon601169
Lawrence578686
Hawkins5766106
Monroe570295
Warren550881
Dyer5357104
Franklin508388
Fayette490377
Obion449996
Cocke442998
Cheatham442254
Rhea430375
Lincoln429563
Marshall410358
Campbell408462
Weakley401962
Giles393998
Henderson372475
Macon357376
Carroll357182
White353968
Hardin349166
Hardeman345863
Lauderdale314244
Henry311875
Marion308346
Claiborne305573
Scott305145
Overton296360
Wayne294234
Hickman279645
McNairy276754
DeKalb274953
Smith273938
Haywood268161
Grainger258449
Trousdale248722
Morgan245539
Fentress238046
Johnson230238
Bledsoe209411
Chester209351
Crockett200948
Polk199024
Unicoi194149
Cannon188831
Union185634
Grundy177232
Humphreys173621
Lake169526
Sequatchie166428
Benton162940
Decatur157338
Lewis155726
Meigs134123
Stewart130028
Jackson129635
Clay109031
Houston108333
Perry105728
Moore99717
Van Buren83421
Pickett75624
Hancock54712

Community Events