The Wake Continuum of Care is asking for the community's help to keep shelters open. The agency is working to extend its shelter hours and they're calling for more volunteers to help keep the centers open for vulnerable neighbors.
Here's how you can help
If you can assist for any amount of time today through Tuesday night, please sign up on St. John's shelter/volunteer website.
The specific needs include:
Due to the current state of emergency, shelter sites are being constantly updated to increase bed capacity for the White Flag shelter system. You can check here for the most current information.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church - Male Shelter
(Open as a day warming site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Oak City Cares - Men only shelter
1430 S. Wilmington St.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Women only shelter
3313 Wade Ave.
Salvation Army of Wake County - Families w/Children
1863 Capital Blvd. Call: 919-834-6733
Public bus transit is unavailable during the holiday, transportation is being coordinated by the various churches through Christmas Day. Those who need shelter from the cold are welcome at these locations and can call the Shelter Communications Center at 919-834-2611 with questions any time from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.
"No one can risk staying outside during these conditions, it's just not safe without a reliable heat source," said Shinica Thomas, chair, Wake County Commissioner Board of Commissioners. "We know many people have family obligations during the holiday, but we're asking if the community can give a few hours of their time to help those who do not have family or a warm place to be this Christmas weekend."