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364 People and Counting Served by Salvation Army Warming Center

Salvation Army at Chestnut and Kansas is helping people stay warm. Credit- Shane Franklin
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Salvation Army at Chestnut and Kansas is helping people stay warm. Credit- Shane Franklin

Tonight and tomorrow night will mark additional opportunities for those in need to escape the cold, as the Springfield Salvation Army again will open its Emergency Overnight Warming Center.

This will be the 25th and 26th nights the center will open since November, which occurs anytime the wind chill will reach 14° degrees or below.

Last night, the facility served 75 individuals, bringing the total so far this season to 364.

“We will be open over the next two nights so people have a warm place to get out of the cold,” said Jeff Smith, Social Service Director. “We will look at the weather on a daily basis. Right now it looks like we could be open this weekend as well, but we will make that determination as we get closer to the weekend.”

Despite the Salvation Army recently discontinuing its free van ride and hot morning meal for emergency shelter guests, there are still ways to get to the facility.

The Salvation Army’s Warming Center at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway will open from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, call The Salvation Army Office at (417) 862-5509 ext. 102.