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LIST: Warm shelters open ahead of expected cold weather in Rio Grande Valley

LIST: Warm shelters open ahead of expected cold weather in Rio Grande Valley
2 years 4 months 1 week ago Wednesday, February 02 2022 Feb 2, 2022 February 02, 2022 4:42 PM February 02, 2022 in News - Local

Officials are opening warm shelters as a cold front makes its way through the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday and into the weekend. 

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CAMERON COUNTY

Harlingen (Loaves and Fishes)
Space is available at Loaves and Fishes Shelter located at 514 South East Street in Harlingen. For more information call 956-423-1014. 

Brownsville (Ozanam Center)
The Ozanam Center in Brownsville located at 656 N. Minnesota Ave., has opened its doors to anyone needing a safe and warm place to stay as temperatures drop across the Valley. For more information call 956-831-6331.

HIDALGO COUNTY

City of Edinburg (Dustin Michael Sekula Library)
To prepare for the expected severe cold weather, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library continues open as a warming center Friday going into Saturday. It is currently open to residents needing a warm place to stay for the night. The warming center will be open until noon Saturday. Residents will have access to the library’s WIFI and have the ability to charge their electronic devices. They are asked to bring their own bedding, medication, non-perishable food, and snacks. Residents are highly encouraged to utilize the warming center to practice COVID safe protocols such as social distancing and wearing facial coverings. *We apologize but no pets are allowed. 1906 S Closner Blvd, Edinburg, TX If you have any questions, you can call the City Helpline at (956)259-HELP or dial 3-1-1.

McAllen (Salvation Army)
The Salvation Army in McAllen located at 1600 North 23rd Street is opening its doors to anyone who may need a warm and safe place to stay during the coming days as the temperatures drop. For more information call 956-682-1458.

Mercedes (Community Recreation Center)
The City of Mercedes will again activate a warming shelter for Friday at the Mercedes Safe Room Community Recreatoin Center located at 1202 N. Vermont. The dome will be open from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM, for anyone needing to escape the cold. The shelter will be deactivated if no one is in attendance. Residents are asked to bring snacks, pillows, blankets, medications and toiletry items. For additional information call the Mercedes Communications Department at (956) 565-3102.

Mission

The city of Mission is opening a warming shelter at the Mission Parks & Recreation Building on 721 N. Bryan Rd. The shelter will open Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. and close on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

Register by calling 956-580-8760.

Pharr
If you don't have transportation to get to a warming shelter, the Pharr Fire Department will be available to provide city residents with transportation. For more information call the number 956-402-4444.

STARR COUNTY

Rio Grande City
Those seeking refuge during the inclement weather can go to Casa De Esperanza from 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 through noon on Friday, Feb. 4. Cots will be provided, however guests are asked to bring blankets, pillows and bathroom essentials for comfort. For more information, call the RGC Fire Department at 956-487-5312.

Roma (Old A.S. Canavan Elementary)
Due to the severe weather warnings, the 229th District Attorney's Office and the Crime Victim Center will have open an emergency shelter at Old A.S. Canavan Elementary located at 1334 4th St. in Roma, Texas. 

The shelter will be operational from Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at 8 a.m. until Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. Food, water, and living amenities are available at the shelter. If possible, please bring your pillows and blankets. If you require assistance, call the following numbers:

  • 956-476-8107
  • 956-476-8104
  • 956-476-8108
  • 956-476-8109

Roma Fire Department
The Roma Fire Department will be open as a shelter from Thursday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 6. For more information call 956-849-1770.

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