Cold weather shelters opening as temperature drops in South Mississippi

It's the first freeze of the season, and South Mississippi is prepared.
Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 10:36 PM CST
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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It’s the first freeze of the season and cold weather shelters in South Mississippi have opened their doors to those in need of a warm place to stay.

In Gulfport, the Salvation Army is doing what it does best, helping people. The organization opened a shelter at St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church on Sunday night.

“Anytime the weather is below 35 degrees, we want to be able to offer a warm place to stay with a couple good meals for the folks out on the street living in tents or their car,” said Maj. Jerry Friday, Salvation Army.

Folks can get a cot to sleep on and a hot meal for their bellies. Major Jerry Friday said it’s a group effort that couldn’t be done alone.

“We would not be able to do this without the volunteers,” said Friday. “I’ve got Ted from Trinity United Methodist, we got folks from St. Peter’s, First United Methodist, and several churches came together. As well as other agencies like Feed My Sheep, who have all came together to make this happen.”

In D’Iberville, the Harrison County Multipurpose Building offered the same for those without a place to go. Former Harrison County Supervisor Windy Swetman operates the shelter. He said the shelter doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. It’s a group effort that gets the job done.

“We partner with Harrison County Board of Supervisors, Coast Transit Authority, and different local missions like Seashore, Back Bay Mission, Loaves and Fishes. These are all partners,” said Swetman.

Other shelters were also open Sunday night. In Hancock County, folks escaped the cold at the county’s Storm Prep Building in the Kiln.

Shelters will remain open Monday night as temperatures plummet again, reaching the upper 20s inland and in the 30s again along the Coast. It should start to warm up a little on Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-50s with a low in the upper-40s.

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