Starting Tuesday temperatures are expected to get bitterly cold, and the City of Battle Creek is offering a solution to help keep people safe.

The Battle Creek Police Department’s HQ has their lobby open 24 hours a day Tuesday to Thursday, The First Congregational Church will be open with a meal provided on Wednesday, and The Haven of Rest, SHARE Center, and Kingdom Builders Worldwide are all offering shelter.

The Battle Creek Transit buses will be providing free transportation to First Congregational on those days. As well, the Battle Creek Fire Department has their six stations open for temporary shelter, and they will offer an escort to other longer-term shelters.

The details of the warming stations are below.

Community shelters are now seeking donations of blankets, coats, hats, and gloves, and First Congregational is looking for food and water donations.

The City of Battle Creek recommends staying inside as much as possible, as at the subzero temperatures we will be getting it’s possible to get frostbite in just 15 minutes.

  • Battle Creek Fire Department – Fire Stations 1-6 will be open to the public for anyone needing a temporary respite from the cold. Check in with a fire station 24 hours a day, Tuesday to Thursday, and police will escort neighbors to a designated warming shelter.
    Station 1, 195 E. Michigan Ave.; Station 2, 145 N. Washington Ave.; Station 3, 222 Cliff St.; Station 4, 8 S. 20th St.; Station 5, 1170 W. Michigan Ave.; Station 6, 2401 Capital Ave. SW
  • Battle Creek Police Department, 34 N. Division St. – The front lobby will be open and monitored 24 hours a day, Tuesday to Thursday, for anyone needing to get out of the cold. Officers also will make contact with anyone they see walking during this time, to ensure they are safe and able to get where they are going.
  • Battle Creek Transit – For anyone using the bus to get to the First Congregational Church warming shelter Tuesday to Thursday, drivers will transport those neighbors at no cost, during regular bus operations, until 6:45 p.m.
  • The Haven, 11 Green St. – 24-hour dry shelter, and wet shelter extended hours. Will provide a shuttle to the SHARE Center and, if needed, to First Congregational Church.
  • SHARE Center, 120 Grove St. – Day shelter, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Ave. NE – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; warming center with meal provided Wednesday at 6 p.m.; will provide overnight shelter if needed.
  • Kingdom Builders World Wide, 50 Spencer St. – Overnight hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Tuesday to Wednesday.

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