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"Warming Center" open at The Salvation Army with limited numbers

JONESBORO, AR- With temperatures beginning to drop, the salvation army is opening up their warming center in Jonesboro.

The warming center opens when temperatures drop to freezing and below, but with COVID guidelines in place, the number of people they can allow in are limited.

“It allows people in the community to stay here at night or just come in and sit to get in out of the cold,” Salvation Army, Major Jim Lawrence said.

When the center is open, the hours are 4 pm through 9 am. Days will be extended when necessary and of course the shelter is open nightly.

It is for people who have inadequate heat and the homeless.

The warming center and shelter are limited with the number of people they can allow in at one time.

Masks are required upon entry, and 6-foot distance is required for those overnight.

“The last time we had the warming center, we had about 4 people from the community that came in and stayed the night. We never know how many people we’re going to have; we just make the service available,” Lawrence said.

The warming center does have COVID guidelines in place that limits the number of people allowed in at one time.

Major Jim Lawrence, says even though they are limited, they will not turn anyone away, no matter the circumstance.

“Whenever you talk about hyperthermia and what it does to the body, I just can’t put someone out in that type of weather. So, we would make those arrangements for that individual to make sure they're not exposed to the extreme weather,” Lawrence said.

The salvation army are accepting donations for the center, including water, pre-packaged food, blankets, and toiletry items.


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