Many cold weather shelters to remain open Sunday night

By Sara Belsole, Staff
Last Updated: Sunday, January 08, 2017, 1:14 PM EST

A number of Bay area counties have activated their ‘cold night shelters’ in response to the strong cold front that has moved through the region.

  • Cold weather shelters open through Monday in many locations
  • Temperatures Saturday night were in the low 30s

In St. Petersburg, Northwest Presbyterian Church had 95 people stay there Saturday night.

"This place was nice and calm,” Rebecca Scott said. “It was a warm cozy feeling."

If Scott wasn’t at the shelter, she said she would be sleeping in the woods with no blankets.

"It was warm in here last night, a lot better than it was outside,” Jim Leiby, who helps run the shelter said. “It was pretty comfortable."

Leiby said he has been called to help the homeless for the past 26 years.

“These guys got it tough," Leiby said. "A lot of them are here by their own choice, their own choosing, but God calls me to love everybody."

In Pinellas and Pasco counties, the shelters will remain open until Monday.

According to Pinellas County, they’ll be accepting “all guests, all night long.” In addition, the shelter will be providing a hot evening meal and breakfast the following morning.

  • Clearwater

    Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church-Primary Shelter
    110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    Church Phone: (727) 446-3001
    Capacity: 110

    St. Cecelia Catholic Church-Back-up Shelter
    820 Jasmine Way
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    Church Phone: (727) 447-3494
    Note: functions as a back-up shelter when Peace Memorial is full. This shelter may not open if Peace Memorial does not reach full capacity.

  • St. Petersburg

    Northwest Presbyterian Church
    6330 54th Ave. North
    St. Petersburg, FL 33706
    Church Phone: (727) 544-4551
    Capacity: 75

    The Turning Point
    1810 5th Avenue N
    St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    Phone: (727) 823-7811
    Capacity 25

    Salvation Army
    1400 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    Phone: (727) 822-4954
    Capacity: 50

  • Tarpon Springs

    First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs
    501 E. Tarpon Avenue
    Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
    Phone: (727) 937-3271
    Capacity: 40

  • Holiday

    Joining Hands Missions
    3333 US Hwy 19 North, Suite 1,
    Holiday, Florida
    Phone: 727-215-8084

  • Pinellas and Pasco: Families will be placed in family shelters on cold nights. Families should call 2-1-1 to make these arrangements.