Warming centers prepared to see more people

A lot of people will be looking for warmth tonight as the temperatures fall and snow starts stacking up. Centers are opening up all across the area to keep people out of the cold.

The hours at the Community Kitchen are from 5:30 in the evening until 8:00 in the morning. Everyone inside was asked to sign in, provide some type of I. D., and take a shower. For that, they get dinner, a warm place to sleep, and breakfast in the morning.

When it’s 40 degrees or below, the Community Kitchen turns into a safe haven offering shelter for people with no place else to go. “It’s just what we do every day,” said Director Sally Michelson. She expected more people Tuesday night because of snow and ice. “We have extra cots, so we can handle up to 30-35 people. If even more come in, we can still get more cots.”

Men, women, and children are welcome to go, eat, wash their clothes, and enjoy a night of comfort away from the cold. “They feel safe and secure, we hope, here,” said Michelson.
The Community Kitchen does not allow pets. Anyone staying away from home needs to make sure they bring their medications with them.

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