City Rescue Mission opens cold weather shelter

Shelter will be open for remainder of the week


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Rescue Mission in downtown Jacksonville opened its cold weather shelter for the remainder of the week due to frigid temperatures.

More than 100 beds will be added to the current 125 beds available for overnight shelter.

Check-in starts at 2:30 p.m. at the New Life Inn at 234 State Street West.

"We will not turn anyone away," said Jaime Davis, Manager of Emergency Services.

All overnight guests may remain in the building until 10:30 the following morning or until temperatures rise above 40 degrees.

"We want to make sure that Jacksonville citizens without a home have warm shelter and a hot meal," said Penny Kievet, Executive Director of City Rescue Mission.

The Salvation Army's Center of Hope opened its cold weather shelter on Monday for the first time since last winter. It was expected to remain open on Tuesday.

A hot dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., as it is at the Center of Hope every night of the year.

After dinner guests will be given a safe and warm place to sleep for the night, and coffee and breakfast in the morning. Volunteers serve as monitors at the shelter.

“Our cold night shelter is an important service that we provide for those who would have a difficult and possibly life-threatening night exposed to low temperatures,” said Major Rob Vincent, Area Commander for Northeast Florida. “We will all sleep in warm beds tonight, and it’s central to The Salvation Army’s mission to make sure those without shelter can too.”