Friday, January 16, 2009

Urgent: Warming Centers For Those In Need

Please make a note of these north side Chicago warming centers listed here, courtesy of News-Star. (For citywide list, click here.) Odds are that if you're reading this, you're inside sitting on a dry chair in a warm room. If you know of anybody without heat, or who is homeless, please make them aware of these vital services. Doing so could save a life. "The city is asking residents to also call 311 if they spot a homeless person outside during the dangerous cold and to check on elderly relatives and neighbors. Transportation to an overnight warming center on the South Side will be available after 5 p.m. by calling 311." Remember, you can also call your alderman and ask for a list of warming centers. The Chicago Department of Human Services has opened its North Side warming center at 4740 N. Sheridan for people who need refuge from the extreme cold weather. The center, which you can reach at 312-744-2580, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For transportation to the center, call 311. Also open to anyone needing a warm place to spend the day are the following libraries and park district buildings: Sulzer branch, 4455 N. Lincoln Uptown branch, 929 W. Buena Edgewater branch, 1210 W. Elmdale Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark Margate Field House, 4921 N. Marine Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Willye B. White Park (formerly Gale School Park), 7631 N. Ashland (full article) RELATED: Emergency Services & Hotlines City of Chicago - Ward & Alderman List Prevention Tips Dealing with Frostbite and Hypothermia Home Heating Assistance Programs Subscribe to Chicago News Bench