As cold temperatures drop, cold weather shelters prepare to open

As temperatures drop, the Presbyterian Church in Florence will serve as a cold weather shelter sometime next week. (courtesy photo)

With temperatures expected to drop to freezing levels next week, the Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be opening with the possibility of additional nights being added throughout the week.

“I’ve been watching my phone's weather app because the shelter is only opened when the temperature reaches 32 degrees or less,” said Pastor Greg Wood, president of the program. “Because of that, predicting a schedule for the shelters can be difficult.”

The forecast has fluctuated from day to day recently. However, the shelter could open at a warmer temperature if rain is predicted, as it is more difficult for clients of the program to dry off in colder temperatures. 

In the meantime, volunteers are readying for opening the shelters, possibly as early as Tuesday, and registration will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Those needing shelter from the cold will spend the night in the hall of the Presbyterian Church, located at 3996 Highway 101, just south of Bi-Mart.

To find out if the emergency shelter will continue to be open through the week, the public can check the shelter’s Facebook page (Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter), email blast or look for the shelter flag hung throughout the area, including at the Siuslaw Public Library.

For those who cannot walk to the shelter, a pickup service will be available beginning at 5 p.m. with locations at the library, Safeway and Fred Meyer.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Wood at 541-991-8208.

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