Rescue Mission Outlines Winter Shelter Plans

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): When it gets cold, a local service agency will open its doors this winter.

The Rescue Mission says they'll open their lobby to the public when it falls below 40. If the temperatures hit 32 degrees, they'll also make their dining room and chapel available.

The Mission also says they'll not turn anyone away based on bed space during frigid temperatures. The City of Fort Wayne also hosts warming centers when it gets to 10 degrees.

From the Rescue Mission: 

The Rescue Mission Announces Winter Warming Center and Contingency Plans

The Rescue Mission formally outlined its 2015-2016 plan for Winter Weather Contingency and Warming Centers. Anyone in need of warmth or shelter is welcome to take advantage of the warming center and contingency options. Please see detailed information below.

LEVEL ONE WARMING CENTER: Once outside temperatures reach 40 degrees (REAL FEEL), The Rescue Mission will open its East Lobby from 7:00am to 6:00pm for use as a Warming Center.

LEVEL TWO WARMING CENTER: When outside temperatures reach 32 degrees (REAL FEEL), The Rescue Mission will open its dining room and Chapel (if needed) in addition to the East Lobby from 7:00am to 7:00pm for use as Warming Centers.

The City of Fort Wayne opens additional warming centers once temperatures reach 10 degrees.

WINTER CONTINGENCY SHELTER POLICY: During winter months, when temperatures are unsafe, The Rescue Mission’s men’s facility (301 W. Superior St.) does not turn away anyone based on bed space. Cots are available for use in the Chapel as overflow shelter.

Men in need of shelter can check in each night at 7:00pm, provided they are free from drugs and alcohol and meet eligibility criteria.