Local Bell County community centers to open as warm-up centers this weekend


KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – Local Bell County shelters are making final preparations for the first winter storms that hit this weekend.

The Impact Temple and Rosa Hereford Community Center will be open Saturdays and Sundays for anyone in need of shelter.

Deni Howard of Impact Temple says that with the Omicron variant as contagious as it is, her shelter and others are strongly preparing to keep as many people warm and at bay as possible.

“We have our hand sanitizer stands and we have our masks in the closet that we have provided when people come in,” she said.

“We mainly make sure that people clean using lots of soap and hot water and don’t sit next to each other. “

With that in mind, they also make sure that all cots and dining tables also stay six feet apart. Another major concern is with people not taking proper care of their own homes before these storms hit.

“Some of our neighbors who don’t have a lot of money and don’t have running water in their homes could freeze up and end up in a bad situation,” she said.

“I’m worried about pipes freezing in people’s homes and it’s increasing the number of people who have to stay. “

Currently, the greatest donation needs are pants, warm clothes and more volunteers. Regardless of the risk of getting sick, Howard says that even if they are at full capacity, they won’t turn anyone away.

“If someone comes in and they’re cold, we’re not going to send them back there,” she said.

“Last year we had 69 people from the neighborhood and homeless people staying daily. So there are more rooms that we can expand into if need be. If anyone sees anyone on the street, we would love to have them pick it up and bring it back so they can warm up and eat something.

If anyone would like to donate to Impact Temple, they can contact Howard’s email at [email protected]

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