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Micah Mission to Offer Shelter from Cold Weather

If you see a red flag flying at the Micah Mission Center, you’ll know its night shelter is open.

“Red-flag nights” are those with temperatures of 32 degrees or colder, according to its assistant director.

The center, at 209 S. Main St., is a ministry of the United Methodist Church and serves as a gathering place for those who don’t have anywhere to go. People who visit the center are often given food and shelter, in addition to the opportunity to participate in any activities.

Regular hours for the center are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Walter Gallerie, the assistant director, said they will also be open from 7 p.m. on cold nights until about 8 a.m. the next day.

Gallerie said he will follow the temperature listed on the Weather Channel.

Last year, Micah Mission Center served as an emergency shelter for up to 18 people in the periods of heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures. This year, the center will still be used as a warming station with movies playing and coffee and snacks available.

“It’s what we do,” Gallerie said.

Gallerie said the volunteer base at the center has grown. It’s still a work in progress, and donations of money or items are accepted. For more information, call the center at 270-890-3672.

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