A new overnight shelter in Southwest Little Rock is expected to open for the first time Friday night.
“There’s nothing down here in Southwest Little Rock to help the people outside and this is a rough time of year,” said Brian Haskins, founders of Romans 1:16 Ministries.
Romans 1:16 is partnering up with The Shack to provide a warm place for those who don’t have anywhere else to go.
“Tomorrow night the weather is supposed to get to 35 or below. That’s our trigger. That’s when we open,” said Haskins.
The shelter will have 21 cots and will be accepting men and women. The main goal is to make sure no one is left out in the cold.
“No questions asked, we just accept you as you are, it doesn’t matter,” said Haskins.
The Shack already serves as a house of hospitality during the day.
“They can get food or clothes or a shower or do laundry if they need to,” said Marty Mote, founder of The Shack.
The Shack runs strictly on donations, and Mote said they need donations now more than ever. All you need to do is drop them off at The Shack, located at 3320 Baseline Rd, in Little Rock.
“We’re a household so any kind of paper products, aluminum foil, plastic bags, trash bags,” said Mote.
Aside from supplies, shelter coordinators said they need volunteers who are willing to come down here and spend their time helping those in need.
“It’s easy to be a volunteer. All you have to do is be able to love somebody,” said Haskins.
He also said they will need volunteers in the evening to help people check in and get settled but will also need volunteers in the morning.
“If someone wants to come in and help me cook breakfast, serve and clean up, the more the merrier,” said Haskins.
If you do want to volunteer, all you must do is show up. There is no application process. You can also contact Romans 1:16 Ministries on Facebook.
Diane Barber said she is homeless and is grateful she will now be able to stay at the Shack when it’s too cold to sleep in her tent.
“When it’s wet and cold it’s hard to stay warm,” said Barber. “Very hard to stay warm and then you have no way of drying your clothes. They offer a dryer and washer. You can take a bath here to stay clean and now we will be warm.”