The Brookdale Resource Center and the Salvation Army have added a combined 70 beds to help get the homeless off the streets.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – The homeless have nowhere to go to escape the cold. That’s why United Helping the Homeless is partnering with the Macon Homeless Coalition and Macon Bibb County to help them escape the cold.
“We know that the number is set to increase dramatically, it has already happened. We get three visits here, so we stay full and make sure no one is turned away,” explained Charles Pope, Salvation Army housing manager.
According to United to End Homelessness, the Brookdale Resource Center and the Salvation Army have added a combined 70 heated beds to help the homeless off the streets. These additions are thanks to the help of Macon-Bibb County.
Without it, organizations would have very few beds to offer, according to United to End Homelessness. While these new beds will certainly help, both organizations need donations and volunteers for this weekend.
“We need different things like blankets and snacks because they get everything we can offer and that’s dinner, they leave with lunch and breakfast,” Pope said.
Brookdale also needs blankets and blankets, personal hygiene products.
To help get people to shelters, the Macon-Bibb Transit Authority is offering free bus rides on Christmas Eve at 4:10 p.m.
For those looking for food, the Salvation Army, Brookdale, Dawn and the Macon Rescue Mission will continue their regular meals and add additional holiday meal times.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to stay warm this weekend or need some support, places like the Salvation Army are encouraging Middle Georgia residents to get out and find them.
“Some are just looking for basic needs. We are talking about food, shelter,” said the Pope. “These are things that we’re looking for people to have all the time, and a lot of people don’t. So homelessness is more than just one person, one agency. Homelessness is so great, so all of us as a community can show the love of Christ by helping those in need.”
Here is a list of meals offered by the organizations:
- December 23: Rescue mission will drive around and distribute lunch, breakfast at dawn at 7:30 a.m., lunch at 11:00 a.m.
- December 24: Weekend lunch at Christ Church on the Alley starts at 11.30am-12.15pm.
- December 25:
- Rescue Mission 11:00 a.m. Dinner at the Rescue Mission on Zebulon and at 8:00 a.m. will deliver food around town.
- Centenary United Methodist Church 1290 Ash St. 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
- Heritage on 4116 Houston will be serving Christmas dinner from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Christ Church Weekend Lunch will be offering a Christmas meal starting at 11.30am to 12.15pm
- Salvation Army Dinner 1955 Broadway 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., appetizers at 4:00 p.m.
- December 26-30: lunch at 12:00 – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Tuesday: Will be served at 12:30 p.m
- December 31, January 1: weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Church in the Alley, lunch
- Christ Episcopal Church: 2nd Street Alley: Noon, Sat & Sun, noon – 1 p.m.
- Bread and Fish Ministry: 651 MLK Jr. Blvd. bag lunch Tuesday noon: snacks every day.
- Macon Outreach at Mulberry: 267 First St; Breakfast Tue 7-8am; Lunch MWThF 11 – 12
- Home Delivery Meals: For homebound seniors to apply, call the Middle Georgia Agency on Aging: 478-751-6466
- Daybreak 174 Walnut Street 216-9119; MWThF breakfast at 7:30
- Mid GA Rescue Mission: 774 Hazel St. Daily meal at 3:00 p.m