NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – For the first time, The Salvation Army has opened an overflow shelter in Nashville to make sure everyone in need has a safe and warm place to stay.
The Magness-Potter Community Center facility on Stockell Street was transformed after the Metro Overflow Shelter on Brick Church Pike ran out of capacity. Volunteers intervened to help the staff of the establishment.
“Personally, I wouldn’t want to be out in the cold or on the streets, so I think it’s important that the shelters are up and running and fully functional, and that there are people who are there to help.” said Raquel De La Huerga, a volunteer at the shelter.
While the Salvation Army provides shelter to around 80 people each night, opening a specific cold-weather overflow shelter is new. Teams from the organization are also helping to survey the city and helped get 100 people off the streets on Friday.
“What we do know is that the temperatures dropped last night, people decided to come,” said Ethan Frizzell, the Salvation Army area commander in Nashville. “With this record snowfall and terrible cold, people have come in and they want to settle down and rest. It is a privilege for us to give a little respite.”
Those staying at the Metro Overflow Shelter were bused to the Salvation Army facility. This provided additional space for the metro facility. The Nashville Rescue Mission and Inn Room also provide shelter for people to escape the cold.
The Salvation Army shelter will be open until 9 a.m. on Saturday.