Warm places to go this week if you need shelter

The Red Cross and Salvation Army have partnered together to open a shelter at The Salvation Army in Ottumwa. The shelter is open 24/7! If you need a warm place to stay please come in 505 W Main. They’ll have warm food, drinks, cots and blankets.  And if you live in Monroe County and need a warm place to stay, call 641-932-7815.

Ottumwa’s 10-15 transit will provide free rides for anyone needing transportation to the Ottumwa Salvation Army shelter.

SIEDA Auditorium 725 W. Second Ottumwa
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Bridgeview Center 102 Church St. Ottumwa
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 1/29 open until 9:00 pm depending on event cancellation
Wednesday 1/30 open until 7:00 pm depending on event cancellation

Ottumwa Public Library 102 W. Fourth St. Ottumwa
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday

The United Way of Mahaska County in Oskaloosa will be open until 5 this afternoon (1/30)—and they have coats if you need them.

Mahaska County Emergency Management is working with the Mahaska County CERT team and will have a warming shelter ready to open in the event it is needed. Anyone needing a warm place to go should contact the Mahaska County 911 Center at 641-673-0347. We can also provide transportation to the location of the shelter if needed.

****UPDATE**** If you have even a fraction of an idea where someone might be, please call. We can check on them and bring them to the shelter. We understand that not everyone has phones or the internet so we need your help in making sure our county is in good hands. Don’t hesitate to contact us and we will check it out.

Sigourney Public Library will be having extended hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week to provide a safe space for those who need it. Come in from the cold, starting at 10 am til 7pm for free coffee, cocoa, and pastries (while supplies last).

In anticipation of dangerously cold temperatures, Grinnell Regional Medical Center will be open to individuals who need to find a warm shelter. The warming station will open at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, and remain open until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Guests may enter the main or emergency entrances and proceed to the dining area by the cafeteria.

Sigourney United Methodist Church is open 24/7.

Barnes City residents: If you are without power and need a warm place to go please call 641-673-0347. Advise the dispatcher that you are in Barnes City and need a warm place to go. The Barnes City fire department and their dedicated members are willing to open the station.


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