Temperatures are beginning to drop, which means we need to get our vulnerable neighbors out of the cold
As one of the largest metropolitans in the country without a homeless shelter, hundreds of homeless neighbors are forced to spend their nights in the cold. Our Into the Warmth congregate shelter is a saving grace for many, but we need help from local community members to keep it running.
This year, we are partnering with the City of San Angelo to open the Carl Ray Johnson Rec Center as the congregate shelter on extremely cold nights. The activation point will be up to 36 degrees with at least a 50% chance of precipitation or 32 degrees with a 0% chance of precipitation. The shelter will open up for the neighbors at 9 p.m. and run until 9 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends.
We are asking churches, service organizations, and other dedicated groups to pledge to help operate the congregate shelter for just one week. Each week's slot starts on a Wednesday evening and runs through to the next Wednesday morning. Then another group will take that Wednesday night through to the next Wednesday Morning.
The shelter is only open during nights that hit the cold activation point of up to 36 degrees with at least a 50% chance of precipitation or 32 degrees with a 0% chance of precipitation. However many nights are activated, the group vows to handle recruiting volunteers for each shift, providing a snack in the evening, and providing an easy breakfast for the neighbors. If the temperature never reaches the activation point, your group will not have to do anything. As we get closer to November, we will provide training to our volunteers who will be staying overnight.
For those who want to get involved but do not have an organization to participate with, we still need you! Sign up below for individual slots throughout the winter!