The temperatures dipped into single digits over the weekend. So where do those with little or no heat in Shelbyville go to stay warm?
Mindy Fredericks of the Shelby County Salvation Army says that people can go there as their first stop.
“We have had some homeless situations recently,” Fredericks said. “People can come to the Salvation Army. We are open from 9-noon, Monday through Friday. They can come here to get warm. We have coffee and we can get something to eat if needed.”
The Salvation Army can see what additional needs people have and begin to help with those through their network of social services.
Fredericks said they had an eviction, a family separation, and a couple splitting up and that opens up a truckload of needs.
“We were able to put the family in the hotel and then work with CEFS to provide for them,” Fredericks said.
“Right behind our office is another house, Joanna’s House, a ministry for the 1st Assembly of God. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. They are staffed by volunteers and have everything, but food, available for free, including housewares, clothes, and some furniture. And we are always looking for more volunteers.”
The Shelbyville Police Department in the 100 block of South Morgan Street, downtown, also has a lobby where people can get warm and it is open 24 hours a day.
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is not an official warming center. They do have Homeless Care Packages that are always available. According to Kim Bathe, the package includes a sleeping bag, some food items and information for the Salvation Army and other services. To receive a Homeless Care Package, people can come to the main registration at the hospital or the emergency room.