Hope Center activates cold weather policy

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Boyle County Emergency Management said it will activate a shelter Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. through Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Hope Center has activated its winter weather policy for the Men’s Emergency Shelter in response to what could be the coldest temperatures yet this winter.

The center anticipates the average number of men who stay overnight at the shelter to go from 180 per night to more than 250.

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No one will be turned away, according to the center.

The center is also partnering with area churches to accommodate any overflow. The staff will drive the men to the churches and one staff member will remain overnight at the church.

The Hope Center will also be sending out its Cold Patrol, where street outreach caseworkers go out on the streets and to homeless camps to encourage residents to come into the Emergency Shelter for help.

The HopeMobile, which parks at area churches, and the street outreach caseworkers also provide information and referrals to local shelters and other services to assist the homeless community.

With the expected increase in people, the Hope Center is asking for donations of hats, gloves, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves and blankets.

The donations can be dropped off at the Men’s Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Ave.

For more information on the Hope Center, click here.