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Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter Open
Updated November 3, 2016 7:40 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter, a low-barrier winter shelter for homeless people has began their operations at area churches.

The shelter is open seven days a week at different locations depending on the night of the week. The shelter will be open from 9p.m. till 7 a.m. until March 31.

Shelter board president Dan Watts told the Herald Times, the facilities can house up to 40 men and 15 woman depending on the location. If number exceed that an overflow shelter will be opened at the First Presbyterian Church," Shelter board president Dan Watts said.

Watts is looking for volunteers. Those interested in helping can visit

All volunteers need to participate in volunteer training. Upcoming sessions will be at at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of 7th and Lincoln streets.

Individual training can be arranged. Those interested in volunteering can contact Watts at

Interfaith Winter Shelter schedule:


  • First United Methodist Church -- 219 east Fourth Street (corner of east Fourth and Washington streets)


  • First United Church -- 2420 east Third Street (near the corner of east Third Street and Woodscrest Drive)


  • First United Church -- 2420 E. Third St (near the corner of east Third St. and Woodscrest Drive)


  • Trinity Episcopal Church -- 111 S. Grant St, (corner of Grant Street and Kirkwood Avenue)


  • First Christian Church -- 205 E. Kirkwood Ave. (corner of east Kirkwood Avenue and Washington Street)


  • First Christian Church -- 205 E. Kirkwood Ave. (corner of east Kirkwood Avenue and Washington Street)


  • Wheeler Mission Bloomington, Center for Men -- 215 S. Westplex Ave. (near the corner of west Third Street and Westplex Avenue)

(Note: All guests will be welcomed at this location at 9 pm. After the light meal and smoking break -- about 10:10 p.m. -- women guests will have transportation to the Wheeler Center for Women & Children, 400 S. Opportunity Lane)

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