Cold weather causes shelter space to be in high demand

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Wednesday, January 30 2019 Jan 30, 2019 Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:21:00 PM CST January 30, 2019 in News
By: Arielle Cadet, KOMU 8 reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Warming centers and shelters in Columbia filled up Wednesday as temperatures dropped to or below zero. Many centers may have to turn people away Wednesday night.

Room at the Inn is an organization that provides shelter in the Columbia area. The shelter uses space in local churches and moves locations five to seven times during the winter season.

Missouri United Methodist Church is the oldest location for one of the shelters. Jo Lee, the events coordinator at the church, said the shelter had to turn away about eight people Monday night.

“They try not to send people away empty-handed, we have coats and blankets and sleeping bags and we try to make sure we get them as equipped as we can,” Lee said.

People seeking shelter check in at the church at around 6:30 p.m. The Room at the Inn staff has allowed those who are in line to come inside and wait so they don’t have to be out in the cold.

The staff received multiple donations from organizations in the Columbia area. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri donated food for the shelter on Wednesday night. Connie Carpenter, a host at Room at the Inn, said the donations make the process easier for her and the shelter volunteers.

“We really appreciate all the donations that have been made to Room at the Inn, both financial and in-kind things, with food and everything like that,” Carpenter said.  

Those who stay at the shelter can make a reservation for the next night. They have until 7:30 p.m. to claim their spot before the staff can give their beds to someone else. There are 50 beds available each night, and the shelter was at capacity by Tuesday.

“Usually, if we do not have enough spaces, we’ll call around to Harbor House, which is Salvation Army, and we’ll try to find ways to get people over to Wabash Bus Station,” Carpenter said.

The Wabash Bus Station is a warming center the city set up. If people cannot get into a shelter, they may be able to spend the night at a warming center. The city also opened up another overnight shelter at the REDI Innovation Hub on Walnut Street.

“We are very excited that the city opened warming stations because we don’t have places for everybody so it’s really good that everyone has an opportunity to get off the street,” Carpenter said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A resident living at Cedarhurst of Columbia assisted living center has tested positive for COVID-19. Columbia/Boone County... More >>
34 minutes ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with a family communications expert about how to talk to your children about the COVID-19... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 6:59:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Before COVID-19 was even on the world’s radar, MU School of Health Professions associate professor Carolyn Orbann had... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 6:53:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is announcing up to a $2 billion dividend that will go to... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 6:23:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in Continuous News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 4:19:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson announced the closure of public and charter schools for the rest of the academic... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 3:17:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers report no one was injured after they investigated a shots fired call on Wednesday night.... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Chad Michael Kennedy, 28, of Boonville, was arrested and charged with assault, criminal action, and unlawful use... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 2:05:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Small businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19, but they are continually coming up with ways to... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Food banks are starting to feel the affects of COVID-19 as Missourians are staying home. As... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 1:46:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Garrett Wiggans was hired as the new Head Coach for the girls basketball team at Helias Catholic... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 1:19:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - In a virtual press conference on Thursday, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi took questions from reporters... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 12:53:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
ELDON - The Witt Family Fireworks business has been around since 1989 and is fully family owned and operated. But... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 12:40:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As schools nationwide are adapting to remote learning, one Columbia preschool owner is doing the same. Michelle... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 12:38:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A woman died Wednesday after being in a motorcycle crash the night before. Candace A. Stevenson, 36,... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 11:17:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Dickey's Barbecue Pit delivered 30 free boxed lunches to Boone Hospital's intensive care unit on Thursday. Owner... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:53:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
STURGEON - Pinnacles Youth Park closed its gates to the public on Tuesday due to concerns of group gatherings during... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:36:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 40°
12am 40°
1am 40°
2am 38°
3am 36°