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January 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM   |   Print

Area Shelters Continue CODE PURPLE Activation

Area Shelters Continue CODE PURPLE Activation and Offer Emergency Cold Weather Services

ASHEVILLE - In response to recent deadly winter weather, area shelters have come together to offer emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay. To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent with the wind chill factor) area shelters will designate a CODE PURPLE. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.
Shelters offering CODE PURPLE services include:

A-Hope Day Center

www.hbofa.org

19 North Ann Street, Asheville, NC 28801
828.252.8883
On CODE PURPLE days, the A HOPE Day Center will open to everyone from 7 a.m. - Noon

ABCCM Veteran’s Quarters

www.abccm.org/vets-place.html

1329 Tunnel Road Asheville, NC 28805
828.299.8791
People seeking shelter can access the Veteran’s Quarters emergency shelter starting at 4 p.m.. The shelter will accommodate additional homeless individuals in our lobby and dining room areas.

Salvation Army

204 Haywood Street, Asheville NC, 28801
828.253.4723
The Salvation Army will offer their space for people to come inside and sit during the day.  People can come to the agency for overnight emergency shelter services  starting at 4 p.m. The Salvation Army will offer overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats, and blankets.

Swannanoa Emergency Shelter

Swannanoa Christian Ministry
828.669.9404 or Bill Walker at 828.273.0025
Purple flags will be flown at First Baptist Church in Swannanoa, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, and soon at Tolley Insurance in Swannanoa on days that the shelter is open. Guests are admitted to the volunteer-run, 16-bed shelter between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Guests who arrive after 7:00 p.m. will only be admitted if they have made prior arrangements or if they are brought by law enforcement or a pastor from a local church. The shelter closes at 7:00 a.m.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries

www.westerncarolinarescue.org

225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 
828.254.1529
The agency will post a CODE PURPLE on the top right-hand corner of their website and post a CODE PURPLE indicator on the front door of the shelter each night that CODE PURPLE is in effect.  During CODE PURPLE, regular services are enhanced by extending the number of evening overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats and blankets, allowing clients to remain indoors throughout the day in our chapel, encouraging police, paramedics, and other agencies may bring people needing shelter after the normal “closed door” time of 6 p.m.

The above organizations and others in the community will be offering other services to assist persons experiencing homelesness throughout the cold winter months.

The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the collaborative work of the Homeless Coalition, which is a collective of agencies, faith groups, and individuals experiencing homelessness that works on an ongoing basis to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:30. To learn more, contact co-chair Brian Alexander at  brian@hbofa.org.

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