GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Salvation Army is opening the Green Bay Corps Community Center as a warming shelter.
People seeking a place to warm up should go to the chapel at 626 Union Court.
Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army says the center will be a warming shelter on any day when the temperature and/or wind chill are below zero.
"It's about the Salvation Army and all the different services that we provide," says Jeanne Stangel, Director of Business Development. "I think what's special at this point in the time with it being the holidays, we just went through Coats for Kids, and Toys for Tots and talked about all the needs that we have from basic needs."
The center says hot meals are served week days from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stangel says the priority is keeping the community safe this winter.
Target 2 Investigates has reported on the homeless population in our area. Currently, more than 200 families are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Northeast Wisconsin.
Stangel says it is hard to keep tabs on how many people use the warming shelter each year.
"It's hard to say because again there are other community shelters that are available and other places that serve food," Stangel says. "We do have a noon feeding program that runs from 11:30 to 12:30."
On average, the Salvation Army feeds more than 100 people each day.
Local doctors say this community support is a lifeline.
"We have had problems in years past, I think, with the homeless and the under-served in our community, but I think the homeless situation right now is being well addressed by the community," says Dr. Al Salmi, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. "In my experience, it's a little less than we've seen in the past, and that's maybe just a testament to the services that we provide in our community,"
Homeless people or those needing a place to stay can also seek warmth at the St. John The Evangelist Homeless Shelter, 411 St. John St., Green Bay.
Tuesday and Wednesday are Weather Aware Days for dangerous wind chills reaching -20 to -30 degrees.
Northeast Wisconsin is under a Wind Chill Advisory.
This cold has been known to cause frostbite to skin exposed to the conditions. Frostbite can happen within 30 minutes.