CITY PREPARES WARMING CENTER
12/10/2008

To support and shelter our City’s homeless population during this winter’s extreme cold, the City of Fresno will once again be providing temporary overnight shelter at the Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor.

When temperatures are predicted to fall to 36 degrees or below, the shelter will be open from 7:00pm until 7:00am. Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) will provide transportation to and from the center beginning at 7:00pm until midnight. Transportation for the downtown area will originate from the Fresno Rescue Mission & Poverello House. Personal belongings that cannot be transported may be stored at Poverello House. PARCS will provide return transportation from Frank H. Ball beginning at 7:00am the following morning.

The basic procedure for the City’s 2008 Warming Centers is as follows:

  • The National Weather Service overnight prediction is checked at Noon each day to determine whether the facility will be opened
  • When temperature predictions fall to 36 degrees, Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center gymnasium is opened from 7pm to 7am and PARCS provides one van for transportation to and from the site
  • When Frank H. Ball reaches capacity of 100, Ted C. Wills Community Center gymnasium will be opened from 7pm to 7am to handle the overflow (with a 2nd van added for transportation)
  • Fresno Rescue Mission & Poverello House are the transportation pick-up points

Questions regarding the warming shelter availability or transportation concerns can be directed to the City’s One Call Center at 559-621-CITY.

CONTACT: John Wallace, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777
Heather Heinks, PARCS Community Relations (559) 621-2930

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