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Cold Weather Shelter Opens Tonight

By: WCTV Staff Email
By: WCTV Staff Email

JOINT LEON COUNTY / CITY OF TALLAHASSEE NEWS ADVISORY:
For Immediate Release: December 19, 2010

CONTACT: Susan Pourciau, Executive Director, Big Bend Homeless
Coalition, (850) 205-6005

Temporary Cold Night Shelter Open Tonight (12/19)

With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours tonight, a team of area human service agencies, local government and the faith-based community will open a temporary cold night shelter.

Any adult who needs temporary shelter from cold weather tonight, Sunday, Dec. 19, may stay at the former Belle Vue Middle School (shelter located in the school’s gymnasium), 2214 Belle Vue Way. The temporary shelter, coordinated by the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, opens at 8 p.m. and remains open overnight. It closes 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 tonight. Families with
children are advised to proceed to The Shelter 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 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
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 www.bigbendhc.org.


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