2014 Hero Awards of Richland County

In the midst of bitter January temperatures, Rev. Ashby and his congregation joined forces with the Red Cross to open the doors of their church as a warming shelter for the community.

Two men released from the local correctional facility, were caught without transportation in the 30 below temperatures. They were brought to the church and stayed the evening with Rev. Joe and the shelter volunteers.

“They opened up to us,” said Rev. Joe, reflecting on the two young men. As the evening passed, he learned more about the young men, about their lives and how they transpired. Moved by their determination to fulfill their promise, Rev. Joe was able to connect one of the men to a pastor in the man’s hometown.

Read the full story: https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2014/05/01/red-cross-recognizes-10-heroes-from-area/8575425/