Temps drop but do the warming stations open?

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 5:09 PM CST
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Temperatures are dropping and may become life-threatening to some during the winter months.

Warming stations are considered a refuge for the homeless when temperatures are as low as 28 degrees.

The Harbor, Love in Action, and Dothan's First Baptist Church all work together to host the homeless from 7 am to 7 pm.

Homeless shelters will be open 24/7 based on capacity or vacancy for guests.

Two days in advance, the warming stations and Wiregrass 2-1-1 plan and make the call on whether to have a warming station available.

But it's ultimately the organizations call to open a station based on their staff and volunteers.

"Even here at the Harbor we're reaching 4,000 people a month. And, as we do, we only have 4 full-time staff," said Kody Kirchhoff, executive director of The Harbor. "So we want to make sure we open with enough advance and that we have a specific temperature in mind which is 28 degrees that we can staff these properly,"

The warming stations offer cots, new blankets, and pillows, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

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