Temporary Cold Night Shelter Open Friday Through Sunday
With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees
for three or more hours tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 21, and the
evenings of Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, a team of area human service agencies, local government and the faith-based community will once again open the temporary cold night shelter, located at the former Belle Vue Middle School, 2214 Belle Vue Way.
Any adult who needs temporary shelter from cold weather at nighttime
may stay at the Belle Vue shelter, which will be open tomorrow evening,
Friday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 23. The temporary cold night
shelter, which is located in the school's gymnasium, is coordinated by
the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. It opens at 8 p.m. and remains open
overnight, closing the following morning at 7 a.m.
The facility is open to adults only. A temporary shelter telephone
line, (850) 205-6030, offers a recording of the cold night shelter's
status on any given evening. Officials will reconvene Sunday to discuss
shelter operations beyond the weekend. Families with children are
advised to proceed to The Shelter, located at 480 W. Tennessee St.
StarMetro, the City of Tallahassee's mass transit system, provides
transportation between The Shelter on West Tennessee Street and the
temporary location at Belle Vue Middle School, when open. Two trips are
scheduled, with departures from The Shelter at 8:30 p.m. and a second at
9:30 p.m. if required. Return trips to The Shelter from the temporary
location depart the following morning at 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Volunteers from the local faith-based community continue to provide
assistance at the Belle Vue location. Snacks and water will be available
for those staying the night. The facility has showers available in
addition to cots and blankets being provided by the Capital Area Chapter
of the American Red Cross. Security is maintained by staff from the Big
Bend Homeless Coalition.
For more information or for volunteer opportunities at the temporary
cold night shelter location, including donations of food, towels, other
supplies and funding, please call the Big Bend Homeless Coalition at
205-6021 or 205-6005, or visit the Coalition's website at
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