Unity Baptist Church opens as warming center

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An east Columbus church will open its doors as a warming center and a place to sleep for a third night as the frigid temperatures continue.

About 10 or 12 men slept inside Unity Baptist Church on Wednesday night and church members served them breakfast Thursday morning.

The men also received clothing, shoes and gloves.

Among those who stayed both nights at the church was Thomas Ford, who said he’s on Social Security disability insurance and has had a tough time finding a stable place to live.

He told NBC4 he had been on the streets for about a week since his last living situation fell through.

“It’s been about a week and it’s really cold outside,” Ford said. “I was just wandering around downtown and the pastor of this church came and got me and asked me if I needed a place to stay.”

He said he tried to stay warm by layering clothing and blankets but said staying at the church was nice and that it was a quiet place to stay.

The church will remain open during the day Thursday as a warming center and will be open overnight into Friday as well.

The church said it had received donations from people who want to help and encouraged anyone who wants to give to donate to Unity Baptist Church of Columbus on the app Givelify.

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