Greensboro opening Windsor Rec. Center tonight as warming station

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Due to the extreme cold weather, the City of Greensboro is opening Windsor Recreation Center, located at 1601 E. Lee St., tonight to serve as a warming station for people without heat or shelter.

The center will operate from 7 p.m. Monday night to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will be staffed by representatives from the American Red Cross, the Guilford County Department of Social Services, Guilford County Emergency Services, and Guilford County Department of Public Health.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own bedding and toiletries.

Public transportation to the recreation center will run from 6-10 p.m. tonight from the Central Library branch, located at 219 N. Church St. in downtown Greensboro. The Interactive Resource Center, located at 407 E. Washington St., will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for residents who do not have access to a warm location during the day.

Two crisis shelters will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight for any resident who lives outside. Shelters are located at Gift Community Church, 406 Prescott St., and Awaken City Ministry, 853-A S. Elm St.

For information about the crisis shelters, contact Michele Forrest at StreetWatch at 336-501-2918.

In addition, Greensboro Urban Ministry, located at 305 W. Lee St., will also operate its winter overflow this evening and accept residents who have a valid photo ID.

5 comments

  • WhoGivesA?

    That is a very warm and humane thing to do….It’s just to bad that there aren’t more of these shelters scattered around….And with longer operating hours….Perhaps operating til noon rather than 7am which is about the coldest time of day, just prior to sun-up.

  • its my business

    Oh, I agree. I just wish there were something we could do. I feel so helpless. I don’t like that feeling, so imagine how the helpless must feel. Think about the forgotten animals and their babies shivering with no food or water. Fortunately I was able to make a dent there. I once picked a woman and her baby off the streets of NYC and walked them to MCDs and a motel. I was out of my neighborhood, but had the Spirit in my soul to do it. Before I did this, I went up to my room with my (then) husband and told him I couldn’t stand to see them down there with no where to go and have them outside cold and freezing. I shed tears and my (then) husband said, Go do what you gotta do. Yeh, yeh, I know you’re all thinking BS – she’s out there pimping herself. No – not like that at all. I cried my tears in my big fancy hotel and went downstairs to see if I could find her a couple blocks away. I did and the rest is history. That little 3 year old boy ate McDs like it was the first supper he had. Then I traveled a few blocks the other way and found a motel for her and her son. Then I walked my lonely but up one street and the next to get back to our Hotel. I’ll never forget. I want to continue to make differences in small ways. Please keep our homeless and warm and soup in their tummy. Please …

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