On this, one of the coldest nights of the year, Judy Tackett will be one of the people out at 12:30 a.m., looking for homeless people who don’t have shelter. The black bags she’s standing in front of hold warm blankets.
Judy is the communications coordinator for the Homelessness Commission in Nashville. The commission forms teams of volunteers and staff that roam the city in the wee hours of the morning, looking for people who could not come in from the cold. CRC plays a very small role in this effort. We store the blankets.
People do die during weather like this. The latest casualty was James Fulmer, who was found dead on the side porch of a church in East Nashville. He was homeless and on crutches. Unable to get to shelter.
I know that Judy would probably be much happier snuggled in her own warm bed tonight, but her passion is trying to alleviate the suffering of and getting housing for the homeless. Storing the blankets is the least CRC can do.