Akron_Man_in_wheelchair_in_cafeteriaRecord low temperatures have arrived on the back end of a monster snow storm, causing power outages, road closures and state-of-emergency declarations across much of the Midwest. Facilities and organizations around the state have stepped forward and opened Warming Centers for the tens of thousands without power, heat or shelter.

The Salvation Army Indiana District operates 27 Corps Community Centers in Indiana, from Evansville in the south to to Fort Wayne up north. Each of these Corps is opening its doors as a Warming Center during this extreme weather, offering warmth and comfort to those at the mercy of the elements. The Warming Centers will be open both Monday and Tuesday of this week.

In Indianapolis, each Warming Center is providing hot drinks, water, snacks and some basic meal options such as sandwiches. The Warming Centers are open from 9 AM until 8 PM at three Corps locations:  The Salvation Army Fountain Square Community Center (1337 Shelby Street), The Salvation Army Center City Corps (234 E. Michigan Street) and The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center (4400 N. High School Road).

Marion County Emergency Management has requested a 24 hour shelter, and the Eagle Creek Community Center is serving in that capacity. The Salvation Army is working directly with Marion County Emergency Management and will continue to serve those who need shelter as the extreme weather continues.

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A worker warms up at The Salvation Army Princeton, IN Corps

Corps across the state will provide services according to each community’s needs and the resources at hand. Some locations, like the Fort Wayne Corps Community Center, are able to accommodate overnight guests and will stay open 24 hours. Visit our Corps Community Center page to find the location and contact information for your local Corps, or the Indianapolis/Marion County Corps page for central Indiana contact information.

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