With negative temperatures hitting Northeast Wisconsin on Friday, and likely staying through next week, the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay has officially opened its warming center to the public.
“Any day when the temperature outside reaches zero or below zero – the regular temperature or the wind chill – we open our chapel as a warming center so that people can come inside and have a safe place to get out of the elements,” says Nicole Hanley, Marketing Coordinator, Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay.
The Warming Center is located at 626 Union Court inside the Corps Community Center and is open on weekdays to anyone that needs it.
“There’s the homeless population that might be outside or possibly staying in cars or places that don’t have heat,” Hanley says. “They can come inside and get out of the elements and warm up a little bit. We also have people that possibly maybe have an apartment, but might be low income and just don’t have the means to have the heat as high as it needs to be during this week when the temperatures are so cold.”
For anyone needing to stay warm overnight or on weekends, the Salvation Army recommends the nearby St. John’s Homeless Shelter.
“We have a capacity here at (the) shelter of 84 beds, and we have overflow sites, so that if Person Number 85 comes in the door, they are never turned away,” says Alexa Priddy, Director of Community Engagement, St. John’s Homeless Shelter. “We want people to feel safe and supported all the time.”
St. John’s Homeless Shelter is open from 5 pm to 9 am, from November 1st through April 30th, while the Salvation Army’s warming center is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, any day temperature is at 0 degrees or below. In addition to the warming center, The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay also provides a hot shower, and hot lunch each weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.