With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours tonight and Tuesday night, 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 or Tuesday night, Dec. 14, 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. The closing time has now been extended one hour to the following morning at 8 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 Tuesday night. 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. There will now be three return trips to The Shelter from the temporary location the following morning. StarMetro provides return trips at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., while an 8 a.m. trip is provided by the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
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.
A total of 62 guests used the facility last night, including 49 men and 13 women.
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.