Salvation Army to open cold weather shelters
The Salvation Army Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command is opening its cold weather shelter this weekend because of anticipated winter temperatures.
The Salvation Army provides shelter to anyone in need when it is 40 degrees if precipitation is present, or 35 degrees and below without precipitation. They take the low wind chill factor into consideration.
The organization uses the Weather Channel 24 hours in advance to decide if the shelter will be open according to these weather reports so we can coordinate supplies and volunteers.
Shelters will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the outreach center at 2019 22nd Street in Gulfport and at the Pascagoula Corps and Social Services building at 3217 Nathan Have Avenue.
Prepackaged meals will be served for dinner and breakfast. Food will be served bedside to discourage group gatherings. All of CDC guidelines must be followed including wearing masks and social distancing. Beds will be positioned 6 feet apart from each other to follow these guidelines. Guests will need to fill out a survey about their health and provide a photo ID before entering. Space is limited and is provided on a first come first served basis. The Pascagoula shelter will close if no one has arrived by 7 pm.
To volunteer in Gulfport, call Stacy 228-374-8301.