Salvation Army Broomfield Corps opens warming center

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In response to the below-freezing temperatures, The Salvation Army Broomfield (Colorado) Corps opened a warming center for the first time Nov. 26. The shelter is in collaboration with Code Blue, comprised of the Broomfield Police Department and several other faith-based agencies, and will be open any evening the weather drops below 20 degrees. 

“In weather like we’re experiencing now, it’s increasingly important to be proactive about keeping people safe and warm,” said Intermountain Divisional Commander Major Mike Dickinson. “The Salvation Army is doing just that by taking steps to keep people indoors.”

Several weeks ago the Broomfield Police Department contacted the Army and said they’d like to partner to help those they encounter who are freezing outside. 

Broomfield Corps Officer Major Michael Paugh said “absolutely.”

The Salvation Army Broomfield Corps will open the warming center on its grounds throughout the month of November, as needed. With the newly created partnership, local agencies will take turns to provide a safe and warm place for individuals to stay in extreme cold temperatures for the next five months. 

As the Broomfield Police Department encounters people on the streets overnight, they are prepared to take them to The Salvation Army where they can safely rest. The Broomfield Corps can currently accommodate up to 10 people, but plans to grow this number in future months. The City of Broomfield provided cots and pillows for guests to stay overnight.

During days with below-freezing temperatures, Denver’s Crossroads shelter will remain open during daytime hours. 

Additionally, every night of the year, The Salvation Army operates its Search and Rescue program, where staff drive through the streets of Denver from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in search of individuals sleeping on the streets. People are offered a ride to local shelters, or if they choose to stay, The Salvation Army offers them water, snacks, blankets and coats, depending on the resources available.

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