Coalition declares three “Cold Nights” (January 14, 15, and 16)

We offer “Cold Night” shelter when temperatures drop to 40 degrees or below, helping guarantee that individuals and families without a permanent home, or those without heat in their home, will stay warm through the night. “Cold Nights” allow us to accommodate anyone needing shelter, opening up overflow space to ensure everyone has a place to stay. Last night we saw an increase in the number of clients in our facilities, proving that “Cold Nights” are a needed service for both the homeless and those without heat in our community.

Mix crew dropping off blankets at the Coalition this morning

MIX crew dropping off blankets at the Coalition this morning

Due to forecasted low temperatures, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida has declared Wednesday, January 14, 2009; Thursday, January 15, 2009; and Friday, January 16, 2009 as “Cold Nights.” This means that the Coalition will not refuse any person seeking shelter from the cold, regardless of space.

Just in time for the drop in temperatures, MIX 105.1 held a blanket drive for the Coalition this morning at two Panera locations, resulting in hundreds of needed blankets being delivered (check out Channel 13’s coverage of the blanket drive at http://bit.ly/BzFt  and Channel 2’s at http://bit.ly/hJUO). If you are still interested in donating a new or gently used blanket, visit http://bit.ly/Z05T to get details.

Thanks to all in the community who are helping ensure that the men, women and children at the Coalition are warm throughout this cold snap!

The Coalition’s Pavilion facility for single men can hold up to 375 individuals, and the Center for Women and Families can accommodate more than 240 men, women and children. Overflow spaces will be available for people seeking shelter from the extreme cold temperatures.

The MIX Crew and a Panera employee brought loads of blankets and cheer to the Coalition this morning

The MIX Crew and a Panera employee brought loads of blankets and cheer to the Coalition this morning

For those interested in the facts:

In addition to the Coalition’s Main Campus, the Women’s Residential and Counseling Center Campus (WRCC), which can house more than 138 individuals, will provide shelter in its recreation room. Single women and women with children are welcome at WRCC; all others are welcome at the Coalition’s Main Campus.

The Coalition for the Homeless is located at 639 West Central Boulevard, and the Women’s Residential and Counseling Center is located at 107 East Hillcrest Street, both in Downtown Orlando.

See our “Cold Night” press release at: http://bit.ly/zwR8y

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