CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A temporary warming center in Carbondale, Illinois officially opened up its doors this past Saturday, January 19.
The mission is to shelter overflow during the cold winter months. The warming center is located at 705 E. College Street.
It currently has three part-time employees helping at the center, and has eight volunteers and looking for more.
The warming center can currently house up to 18 people during the night.
The center operates from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through April 1.
The center will provide warm sleeping space for people who are homeless in Carbondale, rather than offering region-wide service.
Scott Martin the president of the Carbondale Interfaith Council spoke his first hand experience of seeing the dangers of winter weather can do to those left out in the cold and why having this center is so important.
“When I worked at a warming center there were people with frostbite, now think of that, frostbite in southern Illinois,” Martin said. “It’s not something that I would have thought about but sleeping outside with wet feet. Health wise its awful nice.”
Several groups banded together back in August 2018 to get the warming center set up, including: the City of Carbondale, Carbondale Interfaith Council, Carbondale Public Library, Good Samaritan House, Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless, Jackson County Health Department, Centerstone, SIU Clinical Center and the Sparrow Coalition.
Funds are still needed to keep the warming running people are able to donate either their time or their money.