42ºF

Pastor opens doors to indigents needing warm place to sleep

Life Restored Church providing warm clothes, food, shelter

SAN ANTONIO – Frigid temperatures Friday prompted Alex Fleming, the pastor of the Life Restored Church, to open his doors to the city's homeless population.

The church will provide those in need with warm clothes, food and shelter.

"Before I saw him, I was planning on staying on the streets, but then he told us about this place," Joe Salas said about Fleming.

The church opened its doors at 5 p.m. Friday and will stay open until noon Saturday. They will reopen Saturday at 5 p.m.

"I've been homeless in a few different places. Here in San Antonio, I've stayed at the courtyard, and it was never fun when someone would die from the cold," Matthew Beattie said.

Fleming has taken to the streets to spread the word. He believes he can make a difference, but knows it takes more than just sitting inside his church.

"It's like anything. You have to earn respect. This is still the streets, so you earn respect not by being hard, but by being loving, by showing the love of Christ," Fleming said.

Anyone who would like to help the church can donate items at its location on 400 Arbor Place. The church is in need of food, clothes and hygiene packs.