STATELINE (WIFR) -- Hundreds are relying on shelters and warming centers for heat and meals. Many roaming our streets without hats or gloves. The Rescue Mission is one of the few places providing warmth right now as a handful of county warming centers have closed for the day or closed hours ago. However, for the people at the Rockford Rescue Mission, there is definitely a sense of gratefulness as they are safely out of the bitter cold.
The Rescue Mission has been open all day as dozens of people have walked here from all over Rockford to come inside and be warm. There were nine warming centers open throughout the county today, but most are now closed, forcing some people to find somewhere else to go, whether that be a friend’s house, or one of the area shelters. For the folks utilizing the warming centers, even if just for a few hours, they were happy to get out of the cold.
“I think everybody’s happy to be here. Everybody spends the whole day here, they just relax, watch TV, everybody would rather be here than the cold,” said David Labak at the Rockford Rescue Center.
“I had icicles off my mustache, once I got in here, once I got in here, nice and warm…good food,” said William Champion who was at Carpenter’s Place.
Out of the nine warming centers in Winnebago County, only two will stay open the rest of the night: The Rockford Rescue Mission and the County Justice Center, with their lobby is serving as their warming center throughout the night.
The Rescue Mission says they will close for about half an hour while they serve dinner. The crisis room will then reopen and stay that way for the rest of the night. A temporary overnight warming center is also open when it's under 29 degrees at night at teh Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Rockford located at 840 Mattis Ave.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – With temperatures expected to fall into the negative digits Sunday night and stay at sub-zero temperatures for a few days Winnebago and Boone Counties have warming sites available.
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford
Mon–Fri 8:15am – 3:00pm
Winnebago County Justice Center
650 W. State St., Rockford
Lobby open 24 hrs./7 days a week
Women’s Crisis Center
809 Cedar St., Rockford
Women and Children Only
8:00am – 5:00pm/7days a week
Public Safety Building
420 W. State St., Rockford
Lobby open if 32 degrees or below
Mon-Fri 7:00am – 5:00pm
Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State St., Rockford
24 hrs./7 days a week
Meals served 3 times per day at
7:00am - Noon - 5:30pm
Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St., Pecatonica
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm
Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd., Machesney Park
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm
Harlem Community Center
900 Roosevelt Rd., Machesney Park
Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm
Bay View Community Room
238 Northway Park Rd., Machesney Park
Mon - Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
TEMPORARY (if under 29 Degrees)
Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Rockford
840 Mattis Ave., Rockford
Keen Age Center
2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm
422 S. Main St., Belvidere
9:00 – 11:45am 1:00-4:00pm
Belvidere Public Safety Building
615 N. Main St., Belvidere
24 hrs/7 days a week