About the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center
The Paducah Warming-Cooling Center is located at the Community Kitchen, 1225 Broadway. Doors open at the church at 5:30 p.m. and those needing a place to stay can remain until 8 a.m. No pets are allowed. The doors are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Those needing a place to stay should arrive before 10 p.m.
The Center will provide a warm, dry and safe environment for local, homeless residents during brief periods of inclement winter weather. The Center will open on nights when the temperature forecast is 40 degrees or lower.
The permanent home for the Warming Center and the Community Kitchen facility will be 1237 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. That facility is under renovation with the plan to open in January 2015.
Need for Volunteers
Community Ministries, Inc. needs volunteers to staff the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center for this winter (2014-2015). Mayor Gayle Kaler has been working with Community Ministries, the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, the Salvation Army, and local banks and churches to organize the warming center.
A staff of volunteers is needed to operate the Warming Center from December 2014 through March 2015. Organizations and individuals interested in staffing the Center should contact the Community Kitchen at 270-575-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During each evening the Center is open, a two-member team, preferably a male and female, will staff the facility for a shift. Each evening will have three shifts: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.; and 4:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Each volunteer will be on call for a week-long assignment. Light evening and morning meals will be provided for the Center’s visitors.
Contact the Community Kitchen at 270-575-3400 or email@example.com if you would like to donate. For more information, visit Community Ministries.
Thank You to Donors
Pictured from left to right: Mardie Herndon (Paducah Bank president/COO), Mike Gregory (community education representative with Humana/CareSource), Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, Sally Michelson (Community Ministries), Charles Moore (Senior Pastor First Baptist Church), Danny Evitts (McCracken County president of Independence Bank), and Rev. Meghan Holland (Asst. Rector Grace Episcopal Church
Not pictured-Mark Edwards (Credit Bureau Systems president/CEO)
On December 2, 2014, Mayor Gayle Kaler thanked the organizations that provided $500 each to Community Ministries, Inc. to support the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center. The organizations are Paducah Bank, Humana/CareSource, First Baptist Church, Independence Bank, Grace Episcopal Church, and Credit Bureau Systems. The funds were used to purchase 20 cots for the center.
Winter of 2013/2014
Thank you to Grace Episcopal Church (820 Broadway), Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church (721 Washington Street), Broadway United Methodist Church (701 Broadway), and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for serving as the warming centers and serving the community for December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, and March 2014 respectively.