As the temperatures dip below freezing the homeless, and those who may not have adequate heating in their dwellings may seek warmth at warming centers at the following locations.
The Salvation Army Family Services building located at 501 Broadway St., Quincy Illinois, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center located at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy Illinois,
Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. until 6 pm.
Catholic Charities located at 620 Maine St. in Quincy
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Some of the homeless population in Quincy, may be turned away from existing limited emergency shelters overnight because of lack of space, disqualifications, personal preferences, or voucher funding shortages. When this occurs those individuals can be left in the severe cold weather unexpectedly. They will often find shelter in abandoned buildings around Quincy, and nearby wooded areas. Obviously these are all dangerous options. It leaves some people vulnerable to cold weather injuries and crimes ranging from robbery to assault. Based on my experiences with this population, an expansion of emergency shelter opportunities is necessary. Meanwhile, it is my hope a church, civic group, or business in Quincy’s District, or in the area of N. 5th Street and Chestnut might consider making an existing facility available to those who are not successful “couch surfing” for one reason or another.