From the Home Office:
With the temperature possibly reaching single digits tomorrow morning, the City of St. Louis Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will again be open to serve homeless men, women and children at the 12th and Park Rec Center beginning at 6:30 tonight.
The City has served 767 people in need during the previous 11 nights the shelter has been open on these extremely cold nights this season.
Windsor Transitional Housing is responsible for the overall management of the overflow shelter through a contract it has with the City.
The Salvation Army provides all evening meals as well as 35 cots and 200 blankets.
AmeriCorps provides bottled water, sheets and weekly laundering through donated services from Faultless Laundry. AmeriCorps was also very helpful in getting the shelter operation moved to Kingdom House this week.
The American Red Cross donated 75 cots and blankets last year, which we are again using this winter.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery provides personal hygiene items like toothpaste, tooth brushes and diapers as well as assists families with children through case management services.
Winter Outreach Volunteers conduct nightly patrols to identify people who are homeless and in need of assistance. The volunteers provide transportation to the shelter. Volunteers also have helped staff the overflow shelter and warming center, which operates at 12th & Park Rec Center on Sundays.
The Kingdom House graciously offered up its facility and made staff available to assist with the shelter when a scheduling conflict made the 12th & Park Rec Center unavailable.
The City's Department of Human Services is the principal administrator of the overflow shelter and coordinates all partners and acquires necessary resources for the shelter operation.