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Brownwood church offers warmth to people in need during cold temperatures

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 12 2013 07:57:54 PM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Freezing temperatures mean a dangerous night for homeless people on the streets.

To help combat the cold front, the New Beginnings church in Brownwood opened its doors to those who needed a warm place to spend the night Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Church members will be providing cots, blankets, heat and food. 

"We want to be a stepping stone and a helping hand to them to better their lives," New Beginnings church board member Steve Mays said.

Mays said they are not a shelter, but they provide these kinds of services when temperatures fall below freezing or 30 degrees outside. He said they do so because they want to help those who may have fallen through the cracks.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, there's no homeless people in Brownwood.' Yes there is. You've got to look around. You've got to open your eyes. Open your heart and you will see those in this city that need help. We're doing what God has called us to do--to help those who are unable to help themselves."

New Beginnings Church secretary Richard Ember agreed and said participating in this mission makes him feel good. "But that's not why we do it. We just do it to help really."

This is the fourth year the church opened its doors to the homeless. The idea started when several church members brought lunches to share with the homeless people. The homeless one day came to the church, asking for a place to stay. Mays said the church may continue to provide a shelter Wednesday evening if necessary.