No Room at the Inn for homeless in Greenville, SC

No Room at the Inn for homeless in Greenville, SC 2-26-2015

This morning was cold and there was wet snow on the ground in Greenville, SC.   I was told the Miracle Hill’s cold shelter was was closed. It was 32f and it had snowed (see photographs below). I was in disbelief, so I went downtown to see what was happening.  Indeed, Miracle Hill’s doors were locked 8:30am. We knocked and they wouldn’t let us in. The man in the photograph (at Miracle Hill) tried to get in, but couldn’t. Others were walking out to find a hot meal or coffee elsewhere. I went to the new tent city. A good many people were there who had spent the night.  I don’t know what they do when there is no place to go and didn’t realize the specific protocol for the cold shelters being open. With facilities closed and full, options seem to have run out. Salvation Army was open but full (not accepting anyone else).

Update 2-27-2015: Mr. Reid Lehman, the President and CEO of Miracle Hill asked me to lunch.

Here is what Mr. Lehman said:

He assures me they do everything they can for the homeless. He was very kind and sincere. He said it is their mission (specific to cold shelters) that no one is left out in the cold. Mr. Lehman said the night shelter is open when it goes below 40f (Salvation Army’s cold shelter, is said to open at 32f and below). If it is snowing, and/or there is snow on the ground, those in need are typically able to stay until the snow clears. Once registered into the cold shelter, they prefer the people in need stay there until the weather clears. He said the cold shelter is mainly meant for nighttime use. Based on our conversation it seems Miracle Hill has the largest cold shelter in Greenville, SC. Mr. Lehman said, in addition, they often go out and try to find those out in the cold to offer assistance. I really appreciate his time and insight.

There is no wet shelter in Greenville, SC. So, if it is snowy and wet, and decidedly above the cold shelters determined limit, people are out on the streets fending for themselves. Cold and wet are difficult conditions.

These are the two major shelters for men. Each shelter has their own policies and limits to consider (including physical capabilities). Both Shelters are christian non-profit and do what they can. Is it just their responsibility?


No Room at the inn. Today this man tried and could not get in.

No Room at the Inn. Today this man tried at 8:30am and could not get in. He was told to come back at 9pm and try again.  Meanwhile, the Police patrolling to the right.

Miracle Hill Rescue Mission in Greenville, SC. Homeless Greenville SC

Miracle Hill Rescue Mission in Greenville, SC. Homeless Greenville SC. The homeless call the cold shelter the “freeze tank”.

This Man spent the night out in the cold and snow

This man spent the night out in the cold and snow

People spent the night in the new tent city

People spent the night in the new tent city.

salvation army was full and not accepting anymore

The Salvation Army was full and not accepting anymore. The homeless call this place “Sally’s”.

Patrick Cox speaking at tedxgreenville April 10, 2015

Patrick Cox speaking at tedxgreenville April 10, 2015patrick cox photography-2116

So, I will be speaking at tedx! How exciting! I am working very hard to be ready! I am excited about the new challenge. A really cool girl, Lisa Corley, who works for GHS nominated me. The process was so intense! So, much more to come. I might need some help from a few close friends, or other objective types, to practice on!!

Here is a link to the tedxgreenville website


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