Corbin church starts white flag program to help people find shelter from the cold

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CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - First Baptist in Corbin is waving a flag on cold nights to let the community know there's a warm place to come to if they need shelter for the night.

"There a lack of adequate housing; a part of the population with no access to roof or shelter," said Austin Carty. “It's a way of people saying I can't take it any longer. It is too cold. I need some kind of help. Some kind of relief.”

Any night the temperature in Corbin drops below 29 degrees or is expected to, the door to the church's activity center will open. People can come in and get a hot bowl of soup. Volunteers will then drive those people to a hotel where a voucher will allow them to spend the night free.

“For us we see this rooted in Jesus call in Matthew 25, when he speaks in the parable 'When I was hungry you gave me something to eat, when I was a stranger you invited me in.'”

Wednesday night was the first "White Flag Night" at the church. They aim to continue the program all winter long.

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

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

The door to the church which located on Laurel Avenue at Roy Kidd Avenue will open at 5 p.m. each time the white flag is flying.

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