Warming centers open to those escaping the cold

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - With the temperature falling, warming centers are popping up throughout the viewing area. An emergency shelter in Georgetown is working with a church to offer a safe place for some of the town's homeless to go.

The Gathering Place Mission offers a men only emergency shelter. That shelter has room for 15 men. Operations Director Donna Darnell says they've been near capacity all of December. With colder temperatures in the forecast, they partnered with Northside Christian Church. Northside will take in anyone that can't fit at the mission.

"When I crawl in my bed at home, I hope everybody is out of this cold weather and because it's hard to help everybody," said Darnell.

We checked around the area. Emergency Management Directors and County Judge-Executives are posting warming centers in their area.

Bath County emergency managers tell us if you get caught out in the cold in their county, call 911 or dispatch, and someone will come and get you, and will take you to shelter.

The Harrison County Judge-Executive posted today the old courthouse opened Sunday evening. He also says the Red Cross and Salvation are also helping there.

In Lexington, the Hope Center, Salvation Army and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center are open 24 hours a day. Warming centers are also open in these locations:

  • Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.

  • Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.

  • Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 West Third St.

  • Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St. will be open 24 hours

  • Arbor Youth Services, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. drop-in center for youth 18-25. 540 W. Third

  • Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • New Life Day Center, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • Harvest Worship Center Church, Oxford Circle in Lexington, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Lextran is offering free bus rides for individuals going to an emergency shelter or warming center on Monday and Tuesday. Call Lextran at (859)253-4636 to get the location of the nearest bus stop. People in need of shelter or other human service assistance may call 2-1-1, or 911 for emergencies.

    In Menifee County, the elderly or disabled unable to get out of the cold can call dispatch at 768-9046.

    Montgomery County Emergency Management is opening a warming center at the Montgomery County Civic Center at 108 East Locust Street. It's opening at 8 a.m. Monday morning. For those needing assistance Sunday night, call dispatch at 859-498-8720.

    In Danville, folks can go to Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 1441 Perryville Road for shelter.

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