Corbin church helping people find a place to stay during cold weather

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - First Baptist Church in Corbin is using the white flag, traditionally known as a symbol of surrender, to let the community know they have a warm place to stay if someone needs it.

Each night the temperature in Corbin drops below 29 degrees, or is expected to, the door to the activity center at the church will open.

"It's a way of people saying I can't take it any longer. It is too cold and I need some kind of help, some kind of relief," said Austin Carty from the church.

First Baptist came up with the idea to address needs they've seen go unmet.

People will be let in, given a hot bowl of soup and then driven to a hotel where a voucher will allow them to spend the night for free.

The program started Wednesday night. Church officials say they plan to continue it all winter long.

"For us we see this rooted in Jesus call in Matthew 25, when he speaks to parable, when I was hungry you gave me something to eat, when I was a stranger you invited me in," said Carty.

The program is funded by donations and they hope that others will jump on board to help either with personnel or funding.

"With this being the first year we've done this, something we are pioneering, we are waiting to see what the response is going to be. Don't know how many people are going to respond on any given night," said Carty.

The church is located at Laurel Avenue and Roy Kidd Avenue.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. each night the flag is flying.

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