With winter weather arriving in Central Ohio, warming stations were established this week in downtown Columbus thanks to a collaboration between Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts and the Coalition for the Homeless.
The downtown warming stations, open in the morning Monday through Friday, will rotate between the Trinity Episcopal Church, Broad Street United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church. The Columbus Metropolitan Main Library is open in the afternoons Monday through Friday. The warming stations will continue through Friday April 2, 2021.
The Coalition for the Homeless is operating these stations by providing staff, volunteers, cleaning services, food and drinks and other supplies. Southeast Healthcare, the SIDs, and Vineyard Church will also help staff the warming stations and provide access to services for those experiencing homelessness.
Funding for the warming stations is made possible through funding from United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Foundation, and the Community Shelter Board. The $35,000 raised for the program will cover the costs of staffing, heat, food, drinks, and personal protective supplies for staff and guests.
Safety will be high priority in the warming centers. In addition to daily cleaning, temperature checks and face masks will be mandatory for all guests. To make sure there is room for social distancing, guests have a one-hour time limit, but may return after a time interval.
In addition, the SID placed portable restrooms outside the library and Trinity Church. Financial support to maintain these restrooms comes from the ADAMH Board of Franklin County.
For more information about the warming stations, call our hotline at (614) 228-5718.