PIllars Warming Shelter to stay open during the day because of frigid temperatures

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The weather conditions are going to be so severe this weekend that no one should be spending a significant amount of time outside, that's leading to concerns for the homeless population.

Chairs and mats at Pillars day shelter in Appleton (WBAY photo)

During the week, the Pillars Resource Center in Appleton provides a place for the homeless to hangout during the day and stay out of the elements, but that facility is not open on the weekends. And with the extreme cold that moving in on Saturday and Sunday, Pillars has decided to keep its Warming Shelter open throughout the weekend.

Pillars officials say the Day Resource Center has been busy during this cold weather, and its Warming Shelter, which houses the homeless overnight and provides a meal, continues to be at or near its 60 person capacity every night.

Understanding the need for a warm place to be during these frigid temperatures, the Warming Shelter will remain open this weekend. Pillars officials say they will have space for about 70 people to seek shelter from the cold during the day.

They'd also like to provide a meal for people who are using the shelter during the lunch hour. Pillars says some businesses have already agreed to donate food for Saturday, but it's still reaching out to the community looking for meal donations to help them feed people during the adult shelter's extended weekend hours.

According to Scott Peeples with Pillars, "It could be some sandwiches. People are just happy to have something to eat. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, so if people want to donate some lunch meat or make sandwiches, something that is pretty easy and quick to serve and is a hearty enough lunch."

Pillars is accepting donations at its Warming Shelter located at 1928 W. College Avenue in Appleton or you can call Lauren Moen, shelter manager, at (920) 277-3247.

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