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Willand Warming Center announces upcoming Cold-Weather Activation

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The Willand Warming Center, located at 30 Willand Drive in Somersworth, is announcing an upcoming Cold-Weather Activation due to a forecast for potentially life-threatening low temperatures. The Warming Center will open overnight on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 8 (5 pm-9 am)
  • Saturday, January 9 (5 pm-9 am)
  • Sunday, January 10  (5 pm-9 am)
  • Monday, January 11 (closing at 9 am)

Guests may arrive at the Willand Warming Center anytime between 5 pm-9 am during an activation period. Referrals/reservations are not required. Covid precautions are in place, including hand hygiene, social distancing, and face masks are required. Guests receive evening and morning meals on-site.

COAST Bus will transport guests to the bus stops closest to the Warming Center at no cost during an activation. The nearest bus stops are accessible via Bus Route 1 to the Holy Trinity stop or via Bus Route 12 (N) to the NH-108/Midway Buick stop. Guests may not be able to enter the warming center before 5 pm – please plan accordingly.

COAST bus does not run on Sundays. The Willand Warming Center will pick guests up between 4:30 pm – 5 pm at the Dover Transportation Center on Sunday, January 10, and between 5 pm – 5:30 pm at the Monster Gas Station next to the Rochester Common, in Rochester. Please remind guests to arrive at the pick-up site at the earliest time in order to have a seat on the Van. If the first pick-up is not full, a second pick-up route may not run.

Partner agencies and municipalities are encouraged to assist clients with transportation to the Warming Center when the bus routes are unavailable.

For additional information regarding cold weather activations and/or volunteer and donation opportunities, follow @SCEmergencyShelter on Facebook. For all other inquiries, contact the Warming Center team at 1-857-323-0388 or scwarmingshelter@gmail.com.

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