Cochran church open its doors to Hurricane Irma evacuees
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In addition to Red Cross and FEMA providing shelters for evacuees, local churches are also providing shelter.
Christ Chapel Church in Cochran, Georgia are helping those in need during this difficult time.
“I couldn’t have guessed or wished for a better experience,” says the Gaines and Foster Family who evacuated from Chatham County.
Evacuees describe the chapel as a small church, with a big heart.
Pastor Richard Hulsey says, “It’s almost been like a family reunion, a homecoming type thing where race and state, none of that matters, it’s just us as humans just doing the best we can for one another.”
Christ Chapel has transformed their classrooms and other rooms into temporary bedrooms for the evacuees. A total of 11 people are being housed there and evacuees living in nearby hotels are allowed to come in and eat.
The outpouring of love and support is what pastor hulsey says makes the act of kindness genuine.
“When we sit down at a meal together, it’s almost like we’ve known each other our whole lives,” Hulsey adds.
One family said they were sleeping in their cars in a Walmart parking lot before finding out about the church opening its doors. A police officer escorted them to a nearby shelter. For them, it was a relief to get somewhere to eat and sleep comfortably.
“It was nothing short of a miracle, we got everything that we could ever possibly ask for here,” the Cafasso Family said. They evacuated from Florida on Thursday.
Pastor Hulsey explains, “The bible says it’s better to give than it is to receive and so we’re experiencing that right now.”
Christ Chapel opened 7 months ago. Church leaders say they’re dedicated to helping anyone that needs their help. Other churches in Cochran are also housing evacuees including First Baptist Church and House of Grace.