Kearney Center opens as cold night shelter

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- With temperatures dropping below freezing over the next several nights, the Kearney Center will operate as a cold night shelter.

“Anytime the temperature drops below 35 degrees, it’s critical that people get out of the streets, the woods, and come in for cold night shelter because it’s hazardous for people’s health,” says Jacob Reiter, Director at the Kearney Center.

The Kearney Center typically shelters about 375 people per night. Over the last few nights it’s been averaging about 420 people.

With the dangerous temperatures, Reiter says all are welcome.

"We're much more lenient with some of our rules. We want to make sure that nobody is sleeping outside,” he says. “We make some allowances that we don't typically make to make sure that people have a safe place to sleep when it's so cold."

With the increase in demand, more supplies are needed, including bed sheets, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, blankets and more. For those interested in donating, or for more information, click here.

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