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.
Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church-Primary Shelter
110 S. Ft. Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: (727) 446-3001
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
The Turning Point
1810 5th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: (727) 823-7811
1400 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 822-4954
- Tarpon Springs
First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs
501 E. Tarpon Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: (727) 937-3271
Joining Hands Missions
3333 US Hwy 19 North, Suite 1,
- Pinellas and Pasco: Families will be placed in family shelters on cold nights. Families should call 2-1-1 to make these arrangements.