With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours tonight through Wednesday 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 through Wednesday night, Dec. 8, 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., remains open overnight and closes the following morning at 7 a.m. The facility is open to adults only.
Officials will reconvene Thursday morning to discuss operational plans for that night and into the weekend. A temporary shelter telephone line, (850) 205-6030, has been established, with a recording of the cold night shelter’s status on any given evening.
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. A total of 35 guests used the facility Sunday night, Dec. 5, including 31 men and 4 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.