KILLEEN, Texas (Jan. 30, 2023) – The City of Killeen has partnered with the Killeen Housing Authority and other community partners to provide an increased services warming center for those in need from noon today, Monday, Jan. 30, through the morning of Friday, Feb. 3.
The Moss Rose Community Center (1103 E Ave. E) will open at noon today to serve lunch and will stay open continuously to provide shelter to those in need until 9 a.m. on Thursday. It will open again at 6 p.m. on Thursday and close Friday at 9 a.m. If no one is utilizing the service at 11:30 p.m., then the warming center will close each night.
While a meal will be provided, the center still does not offer full sheltering services. City warming centers are set up to offer temporary relief from the cold and do not offer full sheltering services, as no beds or showers are provided.
Here are the dates and times again:
Monday, January 30th
Tuesday, January 31st
Wednesday, February 1st
9 a.m. on Thursday
Thursday, February 2nd
9 a.m. on Friday
Friday, February 3rd
9 a.m. on Saturday
The city of Killeen policy is to open a warming center if the forecasted temperature or wind chill factor is forecasted to fall to or below 32 degrees. The current National Weather Service forecast has the wind chill factor at or below 32 degrees through Thursday morning. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the area starting at noon today. Killeen will have a low amount of impact, but some icing may occur (.25 - .50 inch) and WS Young Bridge and other bridges may close during this time. There is a potential for rain, freezing rain and sleet.
To provide a safe environment for community members who use this service, all donations must follow these guidelines:
- Call ahead to (254) 327-1164 (ext. 13) to see what is needed
- Food is required to be in original packaging, not past posted expiration date and not require heating
- Blankets must be brand new, odor free and in original packaging
Unfortunately, the Moss Rose Center can NOT accept the following:
- New or used (including gently-used) toys, clothing, stuffed animals, bedding, or candy
- Gift-wrapped items
- New or used medical supplies or equipment
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