JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The City of Jackson is opening several emergency cold weather shelters Tuesday night.
Temperatures are expected to reach freezing and below.
The City of Jackson, along with the Stewpot Community Opportunity Center, are opening several shelters for people in need, to make sure they stay warm with this icy weather hanging over our head.
Dexter Pollet is the shelter manager at Gateway Rescue Mission, and he knows what damage cold weather like this can cause to people on the street.
“That’s what we do, provide shelter for the homeless," said Pollet. "You know given them a nice hot meal. We try not to turn nobody around, because we know that during the cold season, people will die out there. That’s what Gateway is for, to do what it takes to give them a place to stay,” said Pollet.
Pollet says the cut off period for the shelter is 6:00 p.m., but they are currently extending their hours to make sure they fill up all the way.
“We’re always prepared for our guys coming in when it’s real cold," he said. “We got 40 beds in there and we have about 10 cots. So we hold a capacity of 50 people in all. If it comes down to it, we got some extra cots down in the basement and we might put some out here in the lobby if need be.”
If you know anyone in need of a warm place to stay this week, tell them to head to the Gateway Rescue Mission Shelter. It is the shelter that opens the earliest in the day, around 2:30 p.m.
Here is a complete list of shelters:
- Gateway Rescue Mission Shelter:
410 South Gallatin St. Jackson, MS 39203
Center opens at 2:30 pm
- Opportunity Center:
845 West Amite St. Jackson, MS 39203 Center
Center opens at 3:30 pm
- Billy Brumfield Men’s Shelter:
1244 South Gallatin St. Jackson, MS 39201
Center opens at 5:00 pm
- The Salvation Army: 110 Presto Lane Jackson, MS 39206
Center opens at 4:30 pm