Madison church opens up as a warming shelter

Monday, January 19, 2016 --- 6:40 p.m.

Madison, Wis. --- When temperatures are subzero, there are a number of people in the community who don't have a place to escape from the elements. On Monday, First United Methodist Church on Wisconsin Avenue opened its doors to more than 100 people. Not only was it a place to warm up, it was also a place to grab a hot meal.

Douglas Mountford is recently homeless. He spent the day at the church on Monday and is thankful for the assistance. "I'd be living on the streets and spending the nights in Denny's or some other place to find refuge as long as I can pay for a cup a coffee. Right now, I don't even have 25 cents to my name. I'm rich beyond words being here," said Mountford.

Volunteers said they coordinated with the overnight shelters and were open from 8 a.m until 5 p.m.