Shelters Prepare for Cold Weather

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CLEVELAND -- No one wants to be out in the cold in this type of weather - or the temperatures we are going to see next week.

In emergency situations, help is a phone call away.

Joe Harrison is homeless and would literally be out on the streets in the cold if it were not for The City Mission Crossroads Emergency Shelter in Cleveland.

"Thank God  I'm here today because it's dangerous out there in more ways than one, and the physical weather is just a part of it," Harrison said.

Rich Trickel, CEO of The City Mission said the Crossroads facility is at full capacity and already operating in an emergency mode.  It is prepared, however, to meet an anticipated greater need in the coming days.

"Anyone needs shelter, they come to us any time of the day or night it is, we'll make certain that they are brought in and they are given a warm place to be," Trickel said.

They will clear out areas in the building and lay down mattresses and blankets and bring in extra staff if needed.

If someone finds themselves unexpectedly out in the cold with nowhere to go, they could turn to United Way 2-1-1 First Call for Help. Simply by dialing 2-1-1, you will reach a United Way 2-1-1 staff person. They can connect people in need with more than 2,000 agencies and services.

"We are in constant contact with the emergency management, as well as the Red Cross and the City of Cleveland Department on Aging and other entities to make sure we have the very best information available for everybody," Diane Gatto, Director of United Way 2-1-1 said.

The 2-1-1 staff is already answering calls from people in crisis because of the frigid cold.  They are directing them to emergency shelters and warming centers.

The Cleveland City Rec Centers can also be a place to seek shelter and get warm. They will extend their hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

The United Way 2-1-1 is in nine counties throughout Northeast Ohio and operates 24/7 every day of the year.   For more information, click here.


  • Deborah

    Try going into Lake county where is ONLY ONE shelter in that county of stupid!! They can have more that the one that is in Painsville but choose not to . How moronic is that!! Buildings that are available and they refuse to get them and have more beds the the one that has —-maybe 30!! I have sen buildings that are available. Say rt 615 and rt 2 on the north side of the freeway There are 3 buildings that are right there. Why can’t they get them??

  • Joe Code stud

    There’s no more room in cleveland shelters. The shelters will actually turn you away at the door. I’ve tried to get a few people into a few shelters and all I hear is no.

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