Salvation Army opening cold weather shelter Thursday
The Alexandria Salvation Army on Beauregard Street opened as a cold weather shelter Thursday around 4.
UPDATE, 2/12/21: On Monday night, Salvation Army Major Tim Williford tells KALB, a total of 29 people stayed over night.
The shelter continues to remain open around the clock until further notice.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - After experiencing an unusually cold weekend, now is the time to hunker down. But what about those who don’t have a place to go?
The Alexandria Salvation Army on Beauregard Street opened as a cold weather shelter Thursday around 4 p.m. We’re told a total of nine people showed up Thursday night.
On Friday, that number increased to 28. Sunday night, Major Tim Williford with the Salvation Army tells us the shelter was at capacity, with upwards of 35 people.
The cold weather shelter will remain open around the clock until at least next Wednesday. Then they’ll open up at night for the next few nights after that.
All cots have been placed six feet apart, as social distancing and masks are required. At least two hot meals are being served a day and people will be able to shower.
With these freezing colds temperatures, the shelter continues to remain open around the clock. However, Williford says the shelter is open specifically to people who don’t have a warm place to call home.
“Even in the midst of the pandemic, even in the midst of knowing how many people have come down with COVID, and even how many people have died from COVID, we take that very seriously. But, we also know that the majority of people who get COVID, they survive. What we do know though is that if you are in weather that’s 23 degrees, and if your skin is exposed for as little as six or seven minutes, you’re in danger of having frostbite.”
“If somebody is out there in the cold and they just can’t make it in their tent anymore or the abandoned house they were staying in has just gotten so cold that they can’t take it anymore then sure, we would love to have them come and you know, get a rest from the cold, enjoy some hot meals and even a shower. That’s probably what our mission is going to be is is just folks who just have no where else absolutely to go and they just can’t make it anymore where they’ve been staying.”
The Salvation Army was able to develop an action plan with the VA to open the cold weather shelter.
To continue helping people, Williford says they’ll need your help. Call 318-442-0445 and dial extension 107 if you’re interested in volunteering.
As of right now, the shelter plans to stay open 24 hours until Wednesday. Then Thursday and Friday, the shelter will only be open for overnight use.
Additional food is being provided by the Manna House.
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