While the rest of the city is preparing for the wintry weather, folks living on the streets are looking for places to escape the cold. Warming Centers are the place to go in the event of cold weather.
Grateful Life Community Church in Huntsville is the only Warming Center location in the city.
Warming centers only open when temperatures dip below freezing. The center offers free warm meals, clothes, blankets, jackets, beds, etc.
The center will be open all day Tuesday, and any following days that are below freezing. Anyone is welcomed and no identification is required.
Folks can make stops at other camps such as First Stop or the Public Library and be picked up by a Grateful Life Church shuttle. Huntsville Public Transportation is also teaming up to offer free rides. According to the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, bus rides will be free of charge if you are riding to the center. Huntsville Police also offer free rides if you are in need.
Warming Center volunteer Jamie Nichols used to live on the streets herself. She said having a place to go helped her out tremendously.
“What was the most important thing for you to have when it was cold outside?”
“A place to stay. And this was the Church. When people come in they’re glad to be here,” she said.
The church is always welcoming donations from the public. They also offer free meals every Sunday.
You can also dial 2-1-1 for a list of other resources available in the area.