Warming shelters prepare to open their doors with changes
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Director of Spread Hope Now, Mari Ann Moyers said their doors will open at the Sikeston Warming Center on December 1.
She anticipated more people will need a place to stay.
“We had a lot of people already knocking on the door,” she said.
“We know that people are just really desperate there’s some people who are without housing who were last year and are not okay,” she continued.
Because of COVID-19, things will be different this year to keep everyone safe.
“We will be limiting guest this year to 10 because that’s what our space will allow to leave everyone socially distance we have added air scrubbers, and of course an extensive cleaning process, and we’re limiting volunteers,” she said.
Over in Illinois, at the Carbondale Warming Center, Executive Director Carmalita Cahill said the shelter been open 24-hours everyday since March.
“When the shelter in place order came down from the governor, we were already prepared we had gone through with SIH and kind of repositioned and reimagined our spacing,” she said.
Right now they are not allowing any volunteers, and guest staying there have strict rules.
“There’s handwashing when you come into the building if you’ve left the property at anytime you have a 15-minute wait before we do your temperature,” said Cahill.
Both Moyers and Cahill say the need to help people is greater now, and this year they plan to not provide housing but help people access more opportunities.
“We had a lot of people calling for utilities and rent and those are not things we offer but We can connect people,” Moyers said.
Cahill said, “We started to use our time with our guest to our best advantage we started our jobs program.”
The People’s Shelter in Cape Girardeau announced they will not be able to open for overnight stays until January 7, due to COVID-19 safety measures they are required to follow.
The shelter said they will be able to provide some nighttime hotel rooms when temperatures drop below 20 during the month of December.
When the shelter is able to open in January it will only be when temps drop below 25 degrees for two days or 30 degrees if there is rain or snow.
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