Porchlight offers homeless day shelter during deep freeze
MADISON (WKOW) -- During the extremely cold days this week, organizations that help the homeless are working even harder to make sure people have a warm place to go.
Porchlight is expecting more than 170 people to seek shelter with them the next couple of days, and they say no one will be turned away.
Winter poses particularly difficult times for people without homes, as they have to carry their personal belongings through the snow and extremely cold temperatures, according to Porchlight executive director Steven Schooler.
Porchlight will have two daytime warming centers, one at Safe Haven and another at their Hospitality House on Martin Street. They will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Organizers have also extended the hours of the emergency drop-in shelter to open until 9:00 a.m., when the Central Madison Public Library opens.
Monday morning, a van will pick people up starting from the Salvation Army Shelter on East Washington Avenue, stop at the drop-in shelter on West Washington Avenue, then bring them to the Hospitality House. Routes will vary in the afternoon to include other locations such as the Dane County Jobs Center, Bethel Lutheran and the Catholic Multicultural Center, among others.
Schooler says people can encourage any homeless people they see to go to one of these centers to find transportation to the warming shelters.
More, the Hospitality Center is taking donations in the form of warm winter gear and twin-sized bedding. People can also donate at justgive.org to provide the homeless with shelter, meals, laundry and any additional support.
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