Rescue Mission announces winter plan

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Rescue Mission this winter will open certain areas of its facility based on the outside temperature, according to its Winter Weather Contingency plan released Tuesday.

According to the plan, the Rescue Mission at 301 W. Superior St. will open its Level One Warming Center – its east lobby – from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for shelter when outside temperatures dip below 40 degrees.

When outside temperatures fall below 32 degrees, the Rescue Mission will open its Level Two Warming Center – its dining room and Chapel, if needed – along with the east lobby from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for shelter.

Anyone in need of warmth or shelter is welcome to take advantage of the warming center when cold weather strikes. The city of Fort Wayne also opens additional warming centers when temperatures fall below 10 degrees.

The Rescue Mission also on Tuesday released its Winter Contingency Shelter Policy, which states that in frigid temperatures, no visitor will be turned away from the men’s facility due to bed space. With cots available in the Chapel as overflow shelter, men in need of shelter can check in each night at 7 p.m., as long as they are free from drugs and alcohol and meet eligibility criteria, the Rescue Mission said.

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