Warming shelters hit record number across state - WKRN News 2

Warming shelters hit record number across state

Posted: Updated: Feb 5, 2014 09:42 PM
First Baptist Church in Clarksville First Baptist Church in Clarksville
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Second Presbyterian Church with Room at the Inn Second Presbyterian Church with Room at the Inn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

With temperatures expected to plummet to single digits Monday, shelters across the state are an increase in people seeking refuge from the weather.

Montgomery County emergency officials, along with several non-profit groups, have opened a warming shelter at the First Baptist Church in Clarksville.

They are offering hot meals and shower facilities to those in need.

Anyone interested in donating to the shelter should aim to give shoes, hygiene products or cash.

The Clarksville shelter at 435 Madison Street will be open until Noon Wednesday.

In Nashville, officials at Room at the Inn say their shelters are overflowing with people.

The organization works with many congregations throughout the city, like the Second Presbyterian Church in Green Hills, who assist with sheltering people for the evening.

Christopher Owen is one of many who wanted to get off the cold streets Sunday night.

He told News 2 he's grateful for Room in the Inn putting him up at Second Presbyterian Church.

"There's no other city in the world like Nashville. There's no other place I've seen like Room at the Inn, and Father Strobel and everyone that's involved are amazing people," Owen said.

Over 430 people are seeking shelter at the facility, which is the highest number to date.

A spokesperson with the organization expects to break Sunday's record on Monday night.

Another warming shelter is open in Clarksville at New Providence United Methodist Church, located at 1317 Fort Campbell Boulevard.

The shelter will be open until Tuesday at 7 a.m., then reopen Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. until Wednesday morning.

They will serve a morning meal, lunch, and evening meal.

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