Warmth and Shelter for Those in Need During Extreme Cold and Snow
This weather is nothing to sneeze at. It's COLD, and there is a lot of snow. So many of us are hunkered down, and have the resources to take care of our families, but, many don't. And, with these dangerous temperatures, we simply can't leave anyone "out it the cold."
WOOD-TV8 reported that due to this extreme weather, West Michigan shelters are expanding operating hours.
Several warming centers will be available across West Michigan in addition to shelters for the homeless, individuals and families.
In West Michigan:
Grand Haven: The Grand Haven Community center at 421 Columbus Ave. will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 211 for updates on resources.
Grand Rapids: Degage Day Center at 144 S. Division St. will be open from 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and again from 2 p.m.-7:30 a.m.
The Mel Trotter Ministries’ warming center at 225 Commerce Ave. will be open from 7a.m.-4p.m. and emergency shelter is available from 4p.m.-7a.m.
Holland: The Holland Rescue Mission at 365 Fairbanks Ave. and 166 S. River Ave. will offer warming rooms and winter gear. The HRM can house 250 people per night and will not be turning people away.
The Rescue Mission is also in need of donations of clothing, blankets, etc., and can be sent to 166 S. River Ave. (men's center) and 356 Fairbanks Ave. (kids and women).
And, for help finding assistance, whether for shelter, heat, electricity, etc., one call to 2-1-1 will guide you to the proper place and people.