Center of Hope, Kent Social Services prepare to open warming centers

By Mike Sever | staff writer Published:

As near-zero degree weather returns, the Center of Hope in Ravenna and Kent Social Services are making plans to open overnight as warming centers again.

The Center of Hope, at 1034 W. Main St., will be open overnight tonight and Thursday for people in need to come in from the cold, said Anne Marie Mann-Noble, director of emergency outreach services for Family & Community Services, Inc. Kent Social Services, at 1066 S. Water St., will be open Wednesday night.

"It's supposed to be down to about 3 (degrees)" Tuesday night, Mann-Noble said. "We're looking at 10 degrees and under is going to be our guide" for opening overnight, she said.

Temperatures are expected to dip toward single digits through much of this week.

If a rider says they are headed for the Center of Hope or Kent Social Services on those night, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority has said it will not charge for the ride, Mann-Noble said.

The two services opened their doors overnight earlier this month when Ohio, and most of the nation, was plunged into below zero weather for several days in a row.

Neither location is a shelter -- a status designated through the American Red Cross.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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