KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Several warming centers remained open across West Michigan to protect the community from the frigid temperatures. Many of the centers also offered meals.
City officials said Wednesday that 120 people have volunteered at the warming centers since Tuesday.
Those in need of a ride to the shelter can call 269-501-3750 to schedule a pick-up. Assistance also can be found by dialing 211.
Among the facilities providing help are:
Kalamazoo County and the city of Kalamazoo partnered to open two warming shelters:
- Battle Creek Fire Department: Fire Stations 1-6. Check in with a fire station 24 hours a day until Thursday, and police will escort neighbors to a designated warming shelter.
- Station 1: 195 E. Michigan Ave.
- Station 2: 145 N. Washington Ave.
- Station 3: 222 Cliff St.
- Station 4: 8 S. 20th St.
- Station 5: 1170 W. Michigan Ave.
- Station 6: 2401 Capital Ave. SW
- Battle Creek Police Department: 34 N. Division St. – The front lobby will be open and monitored all day Thursday. Officers also will make contact with anyone they see walking during this time, to ensure they are safe and able to get where they are going.
- Battle Creek Transit: For anyone using the bus to get to the First Congregational Church warming shelter Thursday, drivers will transport those neighbors at no cost, during regular bus operations, until 6:45 p.m.
- The Haven: 11 Green St. 24-hour dry shelter, and wet shelter extended hours. Will provide a shuttle to the SHARE Center and, if needed, to First Congregational Church.
- SHARE Center: 120 Grove St. Day shelter, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- First Congregational Church: 145 Capital Ave. NE – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; warming center with meal provided Wednesday at 6 p.m.; will provide overnight shelter if needed.
- Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids issued a “Code Blue.” Several warming centers were opened by the nonprofit assistance agency. The times and locations could be found at here.
- Camp Beechpoint: 3212 125th Ave. in Allegan, scheduled warming center hours from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday morning. Beds, blankets and meals are included, although there is no smoking, alcohol/drugs, weapons or pets allowed on the premises.
- First Presbyterian Church: 200 Cutler St. in Allegan, scheduled warming center hours from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday morning. Free lunch will be offered Wednesday and beds, blankets are included. There is no smoking, alcohol/drugs, weapons or pets allowed on the premises.
- First Congregational Church: 323 Cutler St. in Allegan, scheduled warming center hours from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday; and 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday. Thursday dinner will be provided and beds and blankets are available. There is no smoking, alcohol/drugs, weapons or pets allowed on the premises.
- First Baptist Church: 1290 32nd St. in Allegan, scheduled warming center hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. There is no smoking, alcohol/drugs, weapons or pets allowed on the premises.
Albion made several warming centers available Thursday:
- The Linking Center: 943 56th St. Open until Thursday night. Beds, blankets and meals will be provided. There is no smoking, alcohol/drugs, weapons or pets allowed on the premises.
Pets in Kalamazoo could be brought to the Kalamazoo County Animal Services building, 2500 Lake St., for free shelter or other arrangements could be made.
The Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes, the Salvation Army, local churches, shelters and volunteers also organized resources for the community.