With the recent low temperatures, it is important that everyone has somewhere safe and warm to sleep.
One agency in Morgantown has been providing temporary overnight shelter for those in need.
Caritas House opens it’s doors every night to those looking to escape the cold temperatures.
“Caritas House currently operates a warming center for individuals who are seeking shelter during those times of inclement weather. It is open basically anytime the temperature drops below 34 degrees and they need to come off the streets or get inside,” said Justin Siko, executive director of the Caritas House.
The doors open at 8:30 p.m. and individuals can be picked up between 8:15-8:30 p.m. across the street from Health Right on Spruce Street. This Service is provided by In Touch and Concerned.
“I can hold roughly about 15 to 17 people on a given night and have everybody pretty comfortable down there. We have full bathrooms and shower facilities so people are able to actually come in and take a shower if they need to do that as well,” said Siko.
This service is funded through help from the United Way and the County Commission.
“There’s no cost to anyone coming in. There’s no requirement for sobriety. As long as they are not actively using anything or drinking on the premises, they are welcome to come in and get warm,” said Siko.
The Caritas house is taking donations for items used to operate the warming shelter.
“Of course bottled water is always needed. Paper supplies, toilet paper, garbage bags, things of those nature. Anything that we could use in terms of snack items to provide somebody with something to eat during the night if they really need it, or for taking medications. We don’t do a meal program, but things that we can store and keep on the shelves. We pass them out as people ask for them and if we have it,” said Siko.
Find more information on the Caritas House here.