Churches such as Canton United Methodist Church, Roswell United Methodist Church, Stockbridge United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church volunteered their buses, which were taken to downtown Atlanta and used to retrieve more than 215 people.
Volunteers then brought them back to Mt. Bethel, where they were given food, extra clothing and a warm place to sleep for the night.
Opening Our Door Ministry has been in place at Mt. Bethel for three years. When temperatures reach what are called “Emergency Temperatures,” Mt. Bethel staff, members and volunteers from other churches join together to help people without a warm place to go into a safe environment. For information, visit openingourdoors.com.