During these hot summer days, most people stay inside to keep cool, but what about the people who don’t have a home? Augusta has a unique place for the homeless.
A day shelter is a place for the homeless to retreat to during the daytime and Mercy Ministries is the only day shelter in the CSRA. When it was first opened, it was actually only one of ten in the United States.
“We have a big problem here in Augusta that the city doesn’t want to recognize the problem that we have in the homeless,” said Wayne Jordan, Manager of Mercy Ministries.
For more than 10 years, Mercy Ministries has been providing the homeless with a place to stay cool in the summers, warm in the winters, and out of trouble all year round.
“Our concept was to be able to have the homeless a place to go in the day time where they can be able to receive resources that they need and also a place where they can get out of inclement weather,” said Jordan.
Jordan says this type of day shelter is rare, but much needed in the CSRA, because other shelters in the area let people out in the mornings and they have no other place to go.
“You have a benefit when you bring the homeless in and they see where they can get resources to help themselves,” Jordan told News Channel 6.
They supply their clients with just about anything a person could need including tools that are useful in the work place, a daily meal, and activities such as bible study.
“We also have a women’s shelter next door, that we call a 10- day emergency women’s shelter. That we provide shelter for women’s that homeless, because Augusta doesn’t have too many places where women can go,” Jordan said.
The ministry does have a place for people to come in and take a shower to cool off or just do some laundry and they are open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Our basic concept is to help all the homeless that we can and try to take them in and do as much as we that God would allow us to do for them,” said Jordan.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Mercy Ministries please visit augustahomeless.org