On January 19, 2021, members from One World Link Georgia Serves AmeriCorps Program served together at the warming opened by Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller at the former Brookdale Elementary building. The center was launched on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 after Miller expressed he was concerned not enough was being done after two homeless men froze to death in Macon on Christmas, and on the heels of several planned executive orders targeting COVID-19.
For the past few weeks, crews from public works and the fire department, volunteers, and the Mayor and some commissioners worked to turn the former Brooksdale Elementary school into a full on shelter, stocked with linens, towels, pillows, cots, books, and more. The center will be open 24/7 during the cold months and people will be provided three meals a day.
OWL Georgia Serves AmeriCorps members were able to serve by organizing donated supplies in order to maximize their ability to locate supplies and distribute toiletries, clothing, shoes and other items while guests reside at the facility. Thank you to the members who put special effort into showing up and serving at the center during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Macon-Bibb County and the Brookdale Warming Center for their continued partnership with community organizations and others.