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warming+centerThe City of Detroit, in conjunction with local nonprofit homeless service providers, has opened three warming centers to offer Detroit residents a break from the winter chill from now through March 31, 2016. In addition, Detroit recreation centers will serve as respite centers to allow individuals to warm up during the day.

The City of Detroit is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide temporary relief to those who are homeless and/or do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within city limits.

Cass Community Social Services, 3901 Cass Ave. between Woodward and Second Avenue, has 50 beds and provides services for families only (parents and children). The center is open from 4 p.m.-8 a.m. Contact the Rev. Faith Fowler at (313) 883-2277 or ffowler@casscommunity.org.

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has two locations. The organization has 100 beds for men only at its location at 3535 Third Ave. near downtown Detroit, which is open from 3 p.m.–8 a.m.  In addition, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has 25 beds for women and children only at its location at 3840 Fairview near Mack and St. Jean. The facility is open 24 hours. For information on either location,contact Daniel Townsend at (313) 993-6703 or  dtownsend@drmm.org.

All three centers will operate daily during cold weather months, including holidays. The three facilities combined are expected to accommodate between 175-200 people at a time. If the forecast calls for temperatures of 10 degrees or colder, services will be extended to include daytime hours. All centers will extend their hours until noon or operate on an as-needed basis on weekdays when daytime temperatures remain 35 degrees or below.

Clients may be picked up by vans from organizations that offer outreach services or referred by other homeless agencies. Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission.

Individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety of all concerned. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations. If it is determined that a client needs medical attention, an on-call nurse may be contacted for minor medical needs. However, if warranted, EMS is called and the client is transported to a medical facility. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.

For information regarding the warming centers, call (313) 224-9974 or 610-1859.

In addition, the Detroit Recreation Department will operate five respite sites this winter during normal center operating hours. The recreation center times and locations are:

Butzel Family Center – 7737 Kercheval
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Crowell Recreation Center – 19601 Lahser Road
1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday

Heilmann Recreation Center – 16630 Crusade
1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday

Williams Recreation Center – 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Coleman A. Young Recreation Center – 2751 Robert Bradby Drive
1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

The five centers also will be activated during non-operational hours in the case of an extreme-cold emergency. Call the Recreation Department at (313) 224-1100 for more information.

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