Greenbrier County opens warming centers

By RealWV Staff,

With more snow and even colder temperatures on the way over the next few days, Greenbrier County officials are making residents aware of warming centers and meal opportunities across the Greenbrier Valley.

AVAILABLE LOCATIONS & SERVICES

Wellspring – Rupert (daytime only)

Valleyworks – Rainelle (daytime only)

Overnight Warming Center — Seneca Health Services is running the Rupert Community Center as a temporary overnight warming shelter. It will be open Thursday night from 4pm until 8am on Friday and Friday night from 4pm until 8am on Saturday.  It will close down Saturday morning.

Edgewood Presbyterian — free lunch Saturday *POSTPONED UNTIL JAN 27*

The Rupert Community Center is serving as a warming center, operated by Seneca Health.

“People started posting on Facebook yesterday,” said Dara Vance with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, “so a few people in the recovery movement started having conversations.” She said Rick Martin with Seneca Health took the lead in organizing a warming center at the Rupert Community Center. “Seneca graciously agreed to make that possible, which is awesome.”

According to Marcie Vaughn, President of Seneca, it’s a real need. “We wanted to provide a space for those who needed shelter and were able to rent the community center through Saturday morning. Rick Martin, our Quick Response coordinator was able to work with the RainElle Marketplace, Wellspring, and other community organizations and we had food, warm beverages, winter coats, boots, blankets all ready and available.”

“People taking care of people,” Vaughan says. “What better way to show it than a warm place, a meal, and compassion.”,

“With snow starting tonight and brutally cold winds, it will be bad,” says Paula Brown, Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

Report additional warming centers and meals to RealWV at news@therealwv.com.

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