REDDING, Calif. — With temperatures creeping below 41 degrees in Redding, The Good News Rescue Mission (GNRM) has opened its chapel doors as a warming center ahead of the winter storm.
Staff says the GNRM has seen anywhere between 100 to 150 people at their warming center during the day, with as many as 300 people staying overnight. And they're expecting to see more in the next few days.
"It really is great to be able to have people come in, be here; get warm," said Justin Wandro, Director of Development at GNRM. “And when you see people's faces, and you see them actually relax and have a chance to rest and kind of gather themselves, it’s an amazing feeling."
Wandro says, on top of providing a warming place for those in need, they also provide three hot meals per day alongside showers and laundry services.
Zanobia Nolley has been at the GNRM for three months and says she’s beyond grateful to have a roof over her head during these weather conditions.
Where would you be without this place here?" asked KRCR’s Daisy Caballero.
"Oh, I would probably be homeless on the street in a sleeping bag in bad weather,” said Nolley. “Worrying about being safe. Because it’s not safe out there, but it’s really safe in here."
The GNRM will continue to be open for those in need when it’s raining, snowing or when temperatures reach below 41 degrees in the coming weeks.
The GNRM has also relaxed some of its rules during weather conditions to increase the capacity of its warming center.
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