"The weather is bringing them in:" Shelters prepare to take people in overnight

NOW: “The weather is bringing them in:“ Shelters prepare to take people in overnight


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Repairers of the Breach took in 21 people Sunday night and they expect more on Monday. 

"We are not doing anything to bring them in, the weather is bringing them in," said James West, Executive Director. 

When the temperatures dip below 20 degrees, it opens it's doors overnight. 

“It’s too cold for any man or woman to be out in that weather," West said. 

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is asking residents to take precautions when going outside. Last night, one homeless man died, he was found frozen in an abandoned car near 13th and Burleigh. 

“Some people try to stay outside it’s a pride factor and they try to make it and those temperatures are letting you know you won't make it outside and we don’t want them outside we welcome them here," West said. 

The Medical Examiner's Office said this winter two people have died from hypothermia. It's when the body temperature is too low and causes shivering, drowsiness, clumsiness, and confusion. 

During these cold temperatures, firefighters are also taking precautions to limit exposure to avoid frostbite by taking rotations. 

“Anything you can do to get that wind off your skin. You want to look for your skin turning white, getting painful becoming numb. When your fingers and toes start feeling numb that’s a sign to get inside where it’s warm," said Milwaukee Fire Battalion Chief Michael Cieciwa. 

The City of Milwaukee Health Department has a list for Milwaukee Area Warming Shelters:

Adullam Family Warming Center, 3033 N. 30th St. in Milwaukee

  • Must call 211 for entry
  • Serves families with children
  • Open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (guests must arrive by 8 p.m.) when the temperature is 15 degrees or lower

Benedict Center, 209 W. Orchard St., Milwaukee

  • Accessible through Benedict Center and New Paths referrals
  • Serves single women in the sex trade
  • Warming Center open 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • No temperature threshold

Divine Intervention (Ministry to the Homeless)

  • Tippecanoe Church, 125 W. Saveland Ave., Milwaukee
  • Call 211 for entry
  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • No temperature threshold

Greater New Birth Warming Center, 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive

  • Call 211 for entry or walk in 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Serves single adults 
  • Open Sun.-Sat. 7 p.m.-7 a.m., when 15 degrees or below

Guest House of Milwaukee 1216 N. 13th St.

  • Must call 211 for entry
  • Serves single men age 18 and older
  • Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • No temperature threshold

Repairers of the Breach, 1335 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee

  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a day shelter
  • Reopens for overnight shelter at 8 p.m. when the temperature is 20 degrees or lower, but guests must arrive no later than 10 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome

Salvation Army, multiple locations

  • Call 211 for entry or walk-in
  • Serves men, women and families
  • 1645 N. 25th St., Milwaukee, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 4129 W. Villard Ave., Milwaukee, Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 2900 W. Coldspring Road, Greenfield, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 8853 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

St. Ben’s Community Meal, 924 West State Street

  • Serves single adults age 18 and older
  • Open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. when the temperature is 20 degrees or lower
  • Walk-in any time during open hours
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