Warming shelters offer relief from low temperatures

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015) – Warming centers are now open to help people cope with the frigid temperatures.

The Salvation Army opened three warming center locations Wednesday morning. The staff plans to offer coffee, hot chocolate and snacks to people in need.

“We want to meet the needs,” said Captain Jonathan Cooper. “Right now, it’s bitterly cold and we want to make sure people are taken care of.”

The Salvation Army’s Eagle Creek community center is also equipped to serve as a shelter. If the city makes the request, the staff only needs about an hour to prepare the shelter area.

“It’s more whether or not other agencies run out of space,” said Jerry Larsen, the director of Emergency Disaster Services.  “If so, the Salvation Army will be asked to accommodate. It also has to do with location. “

There are three warming center locations:

The Salvation Army Fountain Square Community Center – 1337 Shelby Street

The Salvation Army Center City Corps – 234 E. Michigan Street

The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center – 4400 N. High School Road.

Volunteers play a key role in the warming center operation. Several ladies arrived early Wednesday at the Eagle Creek facility to help prepare lunches for people without a warm place to go.

Larsen said he expects the warming centers to be open through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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