SHELBY COUNTY WARMING CENTER (open to anyone endangered by the inclement weather conditions from January 2, 2017, through March 31, 2017)

 

The Alpha Center, located at 330 East Court Street, will host the Warming Center so that Sidney will once again have a shelter on the coldest nights for those who find themselves in need of a warm place to sleep.

A 24 hour hotline operated by Shelby County 2-1-1 will serve as a referral source for those needing emergency shelter.

That hotline will provide information about the Warming Center. Those finding themselves in need are encouraged to call the Shelby County 2-1-1 hotline (937.498.7261). In addition to information about the emergency warming shelter, the hotline will also be able to provide other emergency housing options.

The Warming Center will open to anyone endangered by the inclement weather conditions from January 2, 2016, through March 31, 2016, whenever the National Weather Service announces the temperature will dip below 20 degrees.

Announcement of the opening of the Warming Center will be made by 12 Noon on days that it will be open, and that news will be sent to: the Shelby County 2-1-1 Hotline; Radio Station WMVR; Sidney Daily News; Sidney Police Department; Shelby County Sherriff’s Office; Sidney Fire Department; members of the Shelby County Ministerial Association; and, selected agencies within Shelby County.

Announcement of the opening of the Warming Center will also be posted on Sidney First United Methodist Church’s lighted sign at the corner of North Street and Miami Avenue.

The Warming Center will open at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be welcomed until 9:00 p.m. at the Alpha Center’s Court Street entrance.

Guests who find themselves in need of admittance later than 9:00 p.m. must be accompanied by a law enforcement officer or have made prior arrangement to arrive later than 9:00 p.m. with center director, Terry Sharp.

“We will plan to serve a hot meal at 7:00 p.m. to all those in the Warming Center,” Sharp stated. “Again this year, the Warming Center will not be a 24-hour facility. They will be able to have hot showers and a place to sleep. Guests will be served a hot breakfast at 7:00 a.m. prior to leaving in the morning.”

Guests at the Warming Center must agree to follow specific rules. Those rules are available here and will also be provided to guests at the time they check in.

Sharp is seeking volunteers to assist with both meal preparation and to assist with overnight supervision. “We will need to have two volunteers who are willing to stay overnight,” Sharp stated. “If we do not have volunteers, we simply won’t be able to open.”

Those wishing to volunteer can contact Sharp directly (937.726.1575 or tsharp@sidneyfirst.com). Sidney First United Methodist Church is also assisting with volunteer recruitment. Those wishing to volunteer can also contact the church (937.492.9136).