Death Prevention: Winter Emergency Warming Shelters


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We are partnering with Open Table Nashville to provide volunteers  to staff the Emergency Warming Shelters when temperatures drop to 25 or below. Last January, Jimmy Fulmer froze to death on the steps of a church in Nashville. We never want to see that happen again, though sadly as many as 30 people die each year on the streets in Nashville. Help us save lives. We can do two things: help spread information about emergency warming shelters and help to staff them.

The wind chill Sunday night and Monday may reach -10 degrees in Nashville. This is so dangerous for our friends. If you see anyone who is un-housed and cold, PLEASE stop and give them this information: The cold weather emergency # is 615-800-0195 and this will have info about what shelters are open. The Cold Patrol # is 615-255-2475 and they can provide transportation to people needing to come in. These numbers are also listed in our “Get Help” section.

Less death more hopeVolunteer to help run the shelters. People are needed to help drive the van, set up beds, provide and cook food, stay overnight as an innkeeper, help clean up in the morning, and to do laundry the next day. Though innkeepers are always needed, you don’t have to stay the whole night as many positions require only a few hours commitment of time, and yet mean SO much to the people served. Open Table’s shelters provided space for more than 110 people one recent weekend and were open Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving. Give a shout to regina@opentablenashville.org if you can help. If you are looking for shelter, you can call the following number to find out what is available each day.  615-800-0195