Warming shelter opened, donations needed


  • Anthony Lane

The weather outside is frightful.

And while that might be an excuse for sledding and a cozy fire for most of the city's residents, for the homeless it's life-threatening. Shelters can accommodate the homeless at night, but there are few places for the unsheltered to go on cold days. Thankfully, the Springs Rescue Mission has opened a daytime warming shelter for people who need to come out of the cold during the day. The shelter opens only when highs reach 20 degrees or less for two consecutive days.

Opening the shelter is an expense for the nonprofit, so residents are being asked to support the program through donations. To give go to www.springsrescuemission.org/freezing.

In a recent announcement, Mayor Steve Bach said his administration will be providing leadership and funding to nonprofits that can achieve certain goals to help the homeless. One goal is the opening of a permanent day shelter. You can read more about that plan in Wednesday's paper.

Read on for more information about the temporary shelter:

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Springs Rescue Mission has announced it will reopen its Winter Shelter in the daytime for homeless men and women in the Pikes Peak Region during this week’s frigid weather. The daytime warming shelter will be open from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm at least through Friday, February 7. The daytime shelter was last opened for eight days in December.

The warming shelter is located at 25 W Las Vegas Street, the same location as the overnight Winter Shelter. Coffee and hot drinks are available throughout the day, and a simple lunch is served to warming shelter guests over the lunch hour. Pets are also welcome.

“The Warming Shelter at Springs Rescue Mission will open during the daytime when the outside temperature high is 20°F or less on two consecutive days,” said SRM President and CEO Larry Yonker. “Cold weather like this reminds us all of how important it is to help our homeless neighbors get out of the elements into a warm place. Otherwise they’re really vulnerable to hypothermia, frostbite, and compromised health from the cold.”

The public is invited to support the Warming Shelter through contributions to SRM’s cold weather initiative “Project 32” online at www.springsrescuemission.org/freezing.
Springs Rescue Mission has served the hungry and homeless in the greater Pikes Peak Region since 1997. To find out more, please visit www.springsrescuemission.org.

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