A warm place for the needy to lay their heads. Colorado Springs, the Salvation Army, and the Springs Rescue Mission together make the Warming Shelter program work.
The Warming Shelter was developed by the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management. The Salvation Army's R.J. Montgomery Center takes in homeless people when the plan is enacted and the Springs Rescue Mission takes in any over flow.
The Warming Shelter opens any time the weather is below freezing. At the Salvation Army some 35 people are allowed in, and can stay from 7 p.m. and 7 a.m, have a warm place to sleep, shower, and have breakfast. If more people than that are in need for the night, the Springs Rescue Mission can take 20, and if the total is higher still, the city's plan calls for the Colorado Springs Auditorium to be used.
Gene Morris, the director of the R.J. Montgomery Center said this week the Salvation Army has averaged 30 people per night at the Warming Shelter.