CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — It’s another day on the streets for 31-year-old Jesus Martinez. While homeless he’s still keeping the faith, his only comfort on a freezing cold night in Charlotte.
“It is cold and it’s lonely, but God is with me,” Martinez said.
He’s with nearly 200 other homeless men and women who are finding a bit more comfort through the Urban Ministry Center.
Matt Daniels runs a program to coordinate shelter for homeless people in the Queen City. They’ll show up outside the center, then head inside to register. They’ll also take a breathalyzer test to prove they’re sober.
“It’s certainly a different damper on the season when I also know it’s a hard time for those who are out on the streets,” Daniels said.
After that everyone packs up and rolls out to one of many different places around the region that are offering up shelter, like Myer’s Park United Methodist Church.
It’s not always easy to find available rooms.
Martinez says he’s on this Earth to spread a message and is blessed there’s help available.
“I was living in sin. I was not pleasing God with my life,” Martinez said. “But God was very good and merciful to me. God is good, God is very good.”
The Urban Ministry Center is looking for additional places to assist taking in the homeless. If you would like to help, you can reach out directly to InnKeeper@UrbanMinistryCenter.org.