Cold weather forces homeless to seek shelter

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Stephen Jordan and his wife found themselves without a place to live - until they found the Friendship Mission.  On a night where the temperatures fell into the 20s, the Friendship Mission is a godsend.

"If it wasn't for this place, me and my wife would probably be out on the street, or in the woods somewhere, sleeping, trying to stay warm," Jordan said.

Inside the mission, people can get food, something to drink and shelter from the cold.

"I don't know anyone out here, I'm originally from California," said Justin Gordon, who is staying at the mission.  "So this is really one of the only places I can go."

"I'm not trying to sound like I'm being flippant or anything, but when it's cold, it's cold," said John McClure, who is staying at the mission.  "And the older you get, you can't tolerate it as much."

Over at the Salvation Army, normal restrictions are lifted on what they call freeze nights - when the temperature or wind chill dips below 35 degrees.

"We want to make sure they have a good place to stay, good and warm," said Major Steve Justice, with the Salvation Army.  "It's certainly a health issue at this point."

The Salvation Army is located on 900 Bell Street in Montgomery.  For more information on their services or to donate much needed funds, call 334-265-0281.  The Friendship Mission is located at 3561 Mobile Highway.  They can be reached at 334-281-2395.

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