Valdosta Daily Times

January 7, 2014

Local shelters prepare for freezing weather

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The current cold snap blanketing the eastern half of the United States got a little chillier Monday afternoon when the wind chill factor dropped below the freezing mark of 32 Fahrenheit.

With wind chill values not expected to rise above freezing until Wednesday afternoon, several area shelters are available to people looking for a warm place to spend the night.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter is a men-only shelter located at 317 Virginia Ave. that opens at 6 p.m.

“Normally, when the weather drops below freezing, we get a lot more people,” said Demetrius Bivins, shelter manager. “We'll try to put as many guys in here as we can.”

While the Salvation Army's shelter closes at 7 a.m., that's the same time LAMP's Day Center opens. Located at 714 Charlton St., the Day Center is open to everyone from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m.

LAMP also runs an overnight shelter for women and children only at 714 Charlton St. that is open from 6 p.m.-7 a.m.

Mission Point Baptist Church, located in downtown Valdosta at 100 N. Ashley St., will also be open and offering shelter.

“It's primarily for men,” said Mike Nelligan, pastor for Mission Point. “We do it on an emergency basis. We open up as an emergency shelter when the temperature gets below the freezing mark. We can handle 20 to 30, easily.”

With the wind chill not expected to rise above freezing for a few days, Mission Point plans to keep its shelter open throughout most of the next couple of days.

“Ring the doorbell on the side door and we'll get you in here. We'll get you warm.”