Help for the Homeless During Winter Storm Jonas

by | Feb 13, 2016 | Uncategorized

Video by Meghann Cotter, Micah Executive Servant-Leader: Micah’s Cold Weather Shelter used to open only when the temperature dropped below 25 degrees. With the community’s help, we have opened all winter for the last several years. This is one story of how the simple mission of keeping people from freezing to death can lead to long-term housing.

The winter storm predicted for our region this weekend could be deadly for those who are homeless. Please share this information with those you know who need a warm place to stay. If you’d like to donate supplies or money, please contact the shelters to ask what they need most.

Micah operates a winter shelter November through February, providing a place for homeless men and women to sleep. A 37 bed, 3,000 square-foot building at 750 Kings Hwy. includes separate dorms for men and women, three bathrooms, a small kitchen, a gathering/intake area and a handicapped sleeping space. For safety reasons, shelter guests must ride the bus, drive themselves or come by taxi or police escort.

The bus picks up from each evening’s community meal, sponsored by one of the downtown churches 365 days of the year. The bus drops off at the shelter and returns in the morning to take shelter guests back to town. Drop off is at each morning’s Micah sponsored breakfast. Visit the website for the complete copy of the shelter guidelines.

Thurman Brisben Center
In Planning District 16, Thurman Brisben Center, 471 Central Rd. in Fredericksburg, provides year-round emergency shelter services to men, women and children. They can be contacted at 540-899-9853.

Other Shelter Options
The Northern Virginia Area also offers a number of emergency shelters. A complete list is at Homeless Shelters in Suburban Virginia.

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