In Durham, help for the homeless on a cold night

(Michael Hyland | CBS News)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Friday, people at the Durham Rescue Mission went out into the community, trying to make sure everyone would have a safe place to sleep on a cold night.

Frederick Holloway was trying to convince whomever we could to come in. Driving through Durham, he recalled his own experiences on frigid nights.

“Why do I like to do it? Because at one time I was homeless, and I know that there are other homeless people out there that need our help,” he said.

At an encampment along 15-501, he delivered snacks, hot chocolate and coffee. Even if people decide not to go to the mission, Holloway wants to help.

Robert Williams is one of the encampment’s residents.

“I’ve got mine set up on pallets, my tent over there and another tarp over it to help keep it warm,” he said.

He might not have as much as other people, he said, but he feels blessed.

“I’m grateful for what I have,” he said.

He added, “A year-and-a-half ago Jesus set me free from crack cocaine. I used to be a drug addict. I mean, bad. And Jesus just turned my life all around.”

Holloway said the mission could help with that too, urging Williams to come in. He tells him he can call 24/7, but that no matter what he decides, Holloway will be back.

“Enjoy that. Amen. Praise God,” he said.

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