Warming centers stay open during frigid nights

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As the temperatures drop below zero degrees, a couple organizations and a city building will provide warm places for people to go during the overnight.

The Rescue Mission will provide a place, but according to Donovan Coley with the Mission, they’re running out of room.

“While we have an emergency shelter with 50 beds, we’re still seeing 100 men sleep here at the Rescue Mission,” Coley said. “So, we continue to take out the cots.”

The Community Center, 233 West Main Street, is open 24 hours until further notice. The City of Fort Wayne has not said how many days they plan to keep the warming station open, but it will remain open until further notice.

True Love Missionary Baptist Church has also decided to open its doors during overnight hours. The church was open until 7 a.m. Thursday. The church will also open its door for Thursday night until Friday morning.

“The reason is because this church sits here,” said True Love Pastor Robert Bell. “It’s God’s house and we decided that it would be nice to just give them the opportunity to come in, and we’ll be here to support them through the night. Get them out of that cold weather.”

Pastor Bell also offered to help the Rescue Mission with its overflow. Bell will provide transportation to his church for those who can’t get a bed at the Rescue Mission.


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