PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - With a hard freeze watch weather alert extending across the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are activating their cold night shelters for the next three evenings, starting Sunday night.
In Pinellas there are shelters for adults and families with children, expected to open at approximately 6 p.m on December 12, 13 and 14.
They will be accepting guests all night long, and close in the morning at 6 a.m. Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning.
ADULT MEN AND WOMEN
Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: 442-3677
St Cecelia Catholic Church
820 Jasmine Way
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: 447-3494
Trinity Church of the Nazarene
1000 55th St. South
Gulfport, FL 33707
Church Phone: 321-1598
Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas
Park 7790 61st Street North Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided.
Northwest Presbyterian Church
6330 54th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33706
Church Phone: 544-4551
1400 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Turning Point
1810 5th Ave. North
St Petersburg, FL 33713
St Timothy's Lutheran Church
812 E. Tarpon Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Families will be placed in motels on cold nights. Call one of the following family coordinators to make arrangements for a family:
Clearwater: Lewis Hill (727) 644-4795
Cynthia Sterba, listed as a back up can be reached at (727) 481-3359 or (316) 841-7954.
St Petersburg/Pinellas Park: Jim Leiby (727) 433-2115
Tarpon Springs: Mary Dekasin (727) 479-2914
The Salvation Army Clearwater may also be able to provide shelter to homeless families. Call Kip Corriveau at (727) 446-6507 to inquire about the availability of rooms.
In Hillsborugh, four shelters have opened for the night.
The shelters are:
Bethune Park Rural Shelter (South County )
5809 Edina St. in Wimauma.
This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.
Brandon Community Center
510 E. Sadie St., Brandon
This shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area.
Phone: (813) 635-8179
2010 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families.
After hours phone: (813) 209-1077
1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults.
After hours phone: (813) 221-4440
Most shelters will close tomorrow around 7 a.m.
The Bethune Park Rural Shelter and the Brandon Community Center are accepting donations of shelter supplies, such as disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils, and sugar. Those wishing to donate supplies should contact each individual shelter.
Meals for the shelters are provided through Metropolitan Ministries. Those wishing to donate non-perishable items should contact Metropolitan Ministries at (813) 209-1000.
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