The Paducah Warming-Cooling Center is located at the Community Kitchen, 1237 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Doors open 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 falls to 40 degrees or below. Folks who stay at the Center are provided with cots, linens, and access to laundry and shower facilities.
During the 2016-2017 winter, the center provided safe shelter to an average of 20 men, women, and children each night during severe winter weather.
Community Ministries, Inc. needs volunteers to staff the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center for this winter (2017-2018). Organizations and individuals interested in staffing the Center should contact Scheduling Coordinator Holly Long at 270-217-9096. There are training dates available for potential volunteers: Monday, November 6 at 6 p.m. or Monday, November 13 at 6 p.m. The training is at the Community Kitchen located at 1237 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
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. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Contact the Community Kitchen at 270-575-3400 if you would like to donate. For more information, visit Community Kitchen.
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.