REDDING, Calif. — For many of us, wind, rain, and cold are temporary inconveniences while going from your car inside work or home, or while Christmas shopping.
However, it's a lot more than that for people living on the streets.
As a place of refuge, Redding's Good News Rescue Mission opens the doors to the chapel to anyone during severe weather: the unforgiving winter conditions or the scorching summer heat.
One guest at the location, Zanobia Nolley, told me the mission is her salvation in more ways than one.
“Yeah, I’d probably be in the street if it wasn’t for the mission. I love it here. I’d probably be staying in a tent somewhere. But, I’m just thankful for the mission. It’s really bad out there because of the weather. Thank God the mission is here," said Nolley.
Sometimes, it takes something like harsh weather to drive people indoors to the mission and some of them end up staying.
“We definitely have people who will come here to get out of the weather; get out of the storm, and then realize that, ‘Oh! There is some good food here and there are other resources.’ We make sure that our staff, and our team, try to talk people and engage them so they can access the other resources that are available as well," said the mission's Director of Development Justin Wandro.
The chapel is open 24/7 when it's 41 degrees or colder, or raining, and during the summer when it's 91 degrees or hotter, or when there's extreme wildfire smoke.
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