Warming Centers In Quincy Provide Shelter From Extreme Temperatures But Have Limitations

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.

January 2019:  A homeless person wearing layered clothing to protect against the freezing cold, wraps himself up in several blankets a sleeping bag and a tarp to stay warm while sleeping over night in an abandoned building in Quincy, Thursday night, January 24, 2019.

January 2019: A homeless person wearing layered clothing to protect against the freezing cold, wraps himself up in several blankets a sleeping bag and a tarp to stay warm while sleeping over night in an abandoned building in Quincy, Thursday night, January 24, 2019.

January 2019:  Walter, 74-year-old and homeless, walks to the back door of a friend’s house to ask if he can spend the night on their couch. He has been staying with friends night to night since becoming homeless again Monday, January 21, 2019. Though thus far he has had success in remaining out of the freezing weather through the generosity of friends, there is no guarantee this will continue. Last year, while homeless in the winter months, he sought shelter at the Veterans Hospital Psychiatric Center in Iowa City, Iowa, only to be sent back to Quincy a week later on a bus with no shelter to return to. He spent several nights sitting awake in a Blessing Hospital ER waiting room chair to shelter himself from the cold, because one is not allowed to actually sleep there. His meager monthly retirement check can barely cover rent on an average rental house or apartment in Quincy. Walter became chronically homeless following the death of his girlfriend of 24 years, 2 years ago.

January 2019: Walter, 74-year-old and homeless, walks to the back door of a friend’s house to ask if he can spend the night on their couch. He has been staying with friends night to night since becoming homeless again Monday, January 21, 2019. Though thus far he has had success in remaining out of the freezing weather through the generosity of friends, there is no guarantee this will continue. Last year, while homeless in the winter months, he sought shelter at the Veterans Hospital Psychiatric Center in Iowa City, Iowa, only to be sent back to Quincy a week later on a bus with no shelter to return to. He spent several nights sitting awake in a Blessing Hospital ER waiting room chair to shelter himself from the cold, because one is not allowed to actually sleep there. His meager monthly retirement check can barely cover rent on an average rental house or apartment in Quincy. Walter became chronically homeless following the death of his girlfriend of 24 years, 2 years ago.