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Gloria Dei Lutheran Now Operating as Warming Center

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 10, 2019 10:40 PM

While many of us are cozied up at home staying warm, others are out in these frigid cold conditions. CHUM and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church opened their doors for those who needed a warm place to go to at night.

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Monday night was the first night of operation for Gloria Dei Lutheran as a warming center. CHUM executive Director Lee Stuart said it was a success. Nine people spent the night at the church.

Stuart said she's glad they have more options for the homeless community. With the weather only getting colder, she adds that this is a safe option for who don't have anywhere to go.

The warming center offers food, beverages, hygiene products, and a place to sleep for guests. Stuart said being exposed to the dangerous cold conditions can be deadly.

"Any human being that's been out in zero degrees or minus 10 would know what it feels like. Frostbite is real, hypothermia is real and exposure is real. We want to make sure people have an option and safe way to come out of the weather," said Stuart.

Stuart said the warming centers are only one step to one part of the solution of the issues with affordable housing in Duluth. Volunteers at Gloria Dei Lutheran said guests were comfortable and they were happy to have them at the church, adding that the people who come are neighbors and members of our community that we need to look out for.

"They are somebody's child and family member and there's no reason why they need to be out in the cold, so we're happy to open our doors and hope we'll be able to help others do the same thing," said Char Matheson, a volunteer and Gloria Dei Lutheran church member.

The church will operate as a warming center Wednesday night as well. Hours of operation are from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Volunteers and donations are always welcomed.

Chum's Drop-In Center and Ruth House in Superior are other warming center options.

The drop-in center is open 24 hours as an option for people to go to.

Ruth House's warming center runs from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

The temperature threshold for Gloria Dei Lutheran is 10 degrees or lower. They are located on 219 N 6th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805

Ruth House is 20 degrees or lower. They are located on 632 Grand Avenue Superior WI 54880

CHUM has no temperature threshold. They are located on 102 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802

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Alejandra Palacios

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