With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours the evenings of Monday, Jan. 10; Tuesday, Jan. 11; Wednesday, Jan. 12; and Thursday, Jan. 13; a team of area human service agencies, local government and the faith-based community will once again open the temporary cold night shelter, which is 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 tonight, Jan. 10, through Thursday, Jan. 13. 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 throughout the week to discuss shelter operations beyond Thursday. 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 Big Bend Homeless Coalition.