AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — Several area agencies are providing warming centers to the community as extreme cold temperatures make their way to the area.
If you’re looking for a place to escape the cold, the following options are open:
- Augusta Rescue Mission – 526 Walker Street
- Garden City Rescue Mission – 828 Fenwick Street
- Salvation Army Center of Hope – 1384 Greene Street
Residents in need of shelter should call (706) 826-7933. If you need free transportation to any one of these locations, you may call Augusta Transit at (706) 821-1719 before 8 p.m.
There is no cost to shelter at any of the locations open as a warming center.
According to the Office of the Administrator of the consolidated government of Augusta-Richmond County, community centers throughout the county are open as daytime warming centers, but those centers will be closed for daytime use from Friday, December 23rd and will re-open Tuesday, December 27th.
According to the Salvation Army Augusta Area Command, the Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter, which is the only shelter in the city that houses families, will extend its daytime operations hours and allow people to stay there during the day and provide lunch, an extra meal not usually offered at the shelter.
Officials at the Salvation Army Center of Hope say they are extending operations due to the expectancy of temperatures to dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit across the CSRA and lasting until Christmas.
Family check-in is at 4 P.M. while check-in for women is at 4:30 P.M. and men check in at 5 P.M.
Despite the check-in times, organizers say that anyone who finds themselves in need of emergency shelter, no matter what the time of day or night is, can call (706) 826-7933 in order to receive assistance, according to the Augusta-area Salvation Army spokesperson.
Georgia State Parks are also opening up warming shelters across the state to help people seek shelter from cold weather. This includes Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Elijah Clark Warming Shelter in Lincolnton, and Magnolia Springs Shelter in Millen. For more information, click here.