Salvation Army of the Shoals Opens Emergency Shelter

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the temperatures remain on the south side of 32-degrees, numerous warming stations and emergency shelters continue to open their doors to the needy.

The playground may be empty outside, but behind the apartment doors families are getting some much needed help.

The Salvation Army of the Shoals has opened up their emergency shelter to everyone in need of a warm meal or place to stay.

“We think that it’s important to keep people out of the weather when it’s a threat to their health or safety,” stated Major Jean Wilson, who helps oversee The Salvation Army’s shelter in Florence.

Wilson said they are extending their hours of operation to keep more people out of the cold.

“People who normally brave the elements anyway, may not realize that it is that much colder and that it poses a safety risk,” explained Wilson. “So, we would like for them to know that they can come in.”

And if they do reach capacity, Wilson said they do have contingence plans so no one is turned away.

“If we do reach capacity, we will network and find a place or do our best to find a place for everyone to go.”

Major Wilson said they will remain in emergency shelter mode until this winter weather breaks.

If you know of someone in need of a warm place to stay or hot meal, don’t hesitate to call The Salvation Army of the Shoals directly at 256-764-4432.