ELYRIA — The city will offer warming shelters next week as possible life-threatening temperatures are expected to move into the area.
Two warming shelters, plus pick-up locations, will open Tuesday evening until noon Friday, according to a news release.
The Elyria warming shelters are a combined effort of St. Mary Catholic Church, the city of Elyria, First Student Inc., Elyria Schools, the American Red Cross and various food establishments.
Mayor Holly Brinda said the shelters are needed to help those in need survive the extreme winter conditions.
“We’ve had nothing but total cooperation,” she said. “It’s a community effort, we want to make sure anyone who needs shelters, warmth and food has access to it.”
The city partnered with First Student Inc. and Elyria Schools to offer a bus loop pick-up at seven locations throughout the city. The loop will run at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday.
The shelters will have cots, blankets, warm beverages and food. Brinda said the most people in the warming shelter at one time in the past five years was about 16, but there are enough resources for 25 or more if needed.
Residents may bring non-aggressive pets that are in cages or leashed and must personally attend to them. Volunteers from St. Mary Catholic Church and the Mayor’s Office on Volunteer Engagement will support the sites. Elyria safety forces also will provide wellness checks and transportation if they are needed. For more information, call the Elyria Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.
The pick-up locations for transportation:
- 15th Street and Middle Avenue
- Cleveland Street and White Oak Drive
- North Abbe and Hilliard roads
- Lake and Bell avenues
- Lake Avenue and Lowell Street
- West Ridge Road and Turner Boulevard
- East Park Recreation Center on Prospect Street
The warming shelter at St. Mary Hall, 320 Middle Ave., will be open 8 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Thursday, and the one at East Park Recreation Center, 1101 Prospect St., will be open 9 a.m. Thursdayuntil noon Friday.
Dates and times can be extended depending on the weather.
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