• First Baptist Church in Petersburg Opens Cold Weather Shelter

    Posted December 29, 2017 By in With | No Comments

    Community Asked to Help with Feeding & Night Monitoring

    Richmond, VA (December 29, 2017) – With the upcoming closure of The Salvation Army of Central Virginia’s men’s homeless shelter in Petersburg, located at 835 Commerce Street, on December 31, 2017, First Baptist Church at 235 West Washington Street, Petersburg, has opened a Cold Weather Shelter to provide warmth and food for the homeless.

    The Salvation Army Central Virginia is supporting First Baptist Church in their mission to provide temporary emergency shelter to men, women and families during the next three months by providing beds, blankets, pillows, sheets, towels and paper products remaining at the men’s shelter upon closure on December 31, 2017.

    “We’re grateful to First Baptist Church for opening their doors to provide a cold weather shelter for our most vulnerable citizens during these cold winter nights,” said Captain Donald Dohmann Area Commander of The Salvation Army Central Virginia. “There’s a great need for the community to help First Baptist in their mission, by providing meals as well as night monitoring support.”

    Organizations and individuals interested in supporting First Baptist in their mission should contact First Baptist Church directly at 804-733-7484.

    “Several compassionate citizens contacted us to make donations and raise funds in support of our men’s shelter operation in Petersburg,” continued Captain Dohmann. “Those efforts, while valiant, did not yield an amount to keep the shelter open into 2018.”

    Funds raised assisted with funding the shelter operation through December and, in some cases, were directed to First Baptist to assist with the opening of the cold weather shelter.

    In addition to First Baptist’s cold weather shelter, the City of Petersburg has also opened a Warming Center at the Petersburg Transit Station (100 W. Washington Street), which will remain open until temperatures rise above 30 degrees. For more information, please visit www.petersburg-va.org for updates.

    While The Salvation Army Men’s Shelter in Petersburg is closing at the end of this month, The Salvation Army Tri-Cities Service Center, at 1228 South West Street in Petersburg, will continue to serve the area, offering utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, and plans to expand engagement with clients through Pathway of Hope, a national Salvation Army initiative designed to break the cycle of generational poverty. These services will also continue to be offered from The Salvation Army’s Hopewell office.

    Divisional Headquarters | virginiasalvationarmy.org
    Territorial Headquarters | salvationarmysouth.org

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