Local ministries hold warming center for Denison homeless

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) Monday night's wind chill was near record breaking, hitting negative five degrees in some parts and feeling like zero, according to KXII's Chief Meteorologist Steve Lanore.

For the first time ever, local ministries in Denison are teaming up to keep those in need, a place to stay overnight.

"We have prayed about this for a long time and we're going to have doors open to a heated room," said Alan Bernard.

Alan Bernard and his wife founded Center Cross Ministries in Denison.

Bernard says this has been part of him and his wife's mission since they started the Ministry just three years ago.

"This is the first time this has ever happened and we believe for those who are impacted by homelessness, this is going to be a great blessing for them," said Bernard.

According to the National Alliance to end homelessness, veterans make up approximately 9 percent of homeless in America. Father Don Perschall, the Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, has spent much of his career working with those in need. He says it's not a coincidence that the first time they've done this, falls on Veterans Day this year.

The church will provide hot coffee, and a warm place to spend the night. Perschall says that both the city and police department have been a huge help in making this all possible.

"They have a genuine and real concern to meet the need of all our citizens in this area even those who are living in the ruff," said Perschall.

Nobody showed up Monday night, but the Church will be opening it's doors Tuesday night as well, and they're looking for volunteers. You can call St. Luke's at 903-465-2630 or Center Cross Ministries at 903-814-4587.