His Place Ministries serves as cold weather shelter for homeless
When the temperature plummets to below 45 degrees in Melbourne, His Place Ministries opens its doors up to folks who need a warm place to sleep.
“We are the only cold weather shelter in the area,” said Terry Morris, the pastor of His Place Ministries. “We average about 70 people a night when we’re open.”
His Place Ministries is somewhat of a landmark, located at the intersection of U.S.1 and U.S. Highway 192. The church mission is simple: To help the needy and provide a helping hand to make the world a better place.
“We just put a sign out when we’re going to be open,” Morris said. “It’s pretty simple and it works.”
Volunteers are crucial to helping the cold weather shelter run smoothly. When open, the shelter has two- to three-hour shifts for volunteers to sign up. Homemade soup is served when the shelter is open, thanks to local volunteers.
“We have the most delicious soup,” Morris said. “We also serve a weekly meal on Sunday afternoon.”
When folks leave the shelter, the church often sends a few things with them. Donations of canned protein, sleeping bags and tents are in high demand for this purpose.
His Place Ministries has an unusual name, and Morris had a story about how the name came about.
“When I was talking about a name for this church with other pastors, I said, ‘this is his place, not mine,’ ” Morris said. “Someone said that was a great idea for a name.”
For information on His Place Ministries, go to facebook.com/His-Place-Ministries-Center-for-Community-Outreach-113405078688650/
The hours of operation for the cold-weather shelter are 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The shelter is located at 1824 S. Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne.