Local Warming Ministry offers hot food, shower for homeless in cold temps

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By Amanda Herndon

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In His Name-Colleton, the Lowcountry Shelter of Hope, wants to keep the homeless of Colleton County warm during these cold months. 

The county’s only homeless shelter is the Lowcountry Shelter of Hope. That shelter has faced hurdles recently, due to the need for a sprinkler system. Because of this, the shelter is not allowed to accommodate the homeless by offering overnight beds for sleeping; however, when the temperatures drop to 35 degrees or below, the shelter’s “Warming Ministry” will open the shelter’s doors and let people in.  When the temperatures outside drop, Warming Ministry Coordinator Robert Neuroth said volunteers will be called into the shelter, and those volunteers will provide a hot meal, coffee, prayer, conversation, or a warm shower. 

“Were all so quick to talk about everything we don’t have in Walterboro, here is an opportunity to be a part of the change to make our hometown better for everyone living here,” said Neuroth. “I saw the workload on my wife Jenny Neuroth and Amanda Herndon, and realized they couldn’t do it all alone, I also recognized the need for male presence. So, I got involved and took over as coordinator for the Warming Ministry. I have been blessed to have a warm house to come home to after work each day, and I want to offer a little of that warmth back to those less fortunate,” said Neuroth. We need more men volunteering. We only have two men willing to stay overnight,” Neuroth said, as he urges the men of Colleton County to step up and get involved. 

The Warming Ministry is located at 2107 Hampton St. and will be open at 6pm when temperatures are expected to drop to 35 or below. 

If no one shows up by 10pm, Neuroth said the shelter’s volunteers “will lock the doors and head home.”

In the event of an emergency Robert Neuroth will be on call around the clock and can be reached @ 843-542-4024.

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