The Nehemiah Foundation

Emergency Shelter Opens Tonight Ahead of Cold Temperatures

Collaboration in the midst of Crisis. We are partnering with community and city leaders to open a warming shelter in advance of the extreme weather this week.

The City of Springfield joins a collaborative community response, organized by the  Nehemiah Foundation, to provide shelter amid extreme cold weather that is forecast  for the area this week. The shelter will open at 8 p.m. Jan. 5 and is expected remain  open through Saturday afternoon. 

The shelter will be hosted by East High Street Church of the Nazarene, 1625 E.  High St. The shelter entrance is at the corner of High Street and Ludlow Avenue.  Organizers will take COVID-respecting precautions shelter operations.  

“Our church is a community building, it’s here for the community.” Said Marty  Dennis, Pastor at East High Street Church of the Nazarene.  

This community collaborative response is coordinated among the Nehemiah  Foundation, East High Street Church of the Nazarene, Interfaith Hospitality  Network, City of Springfield, Clark County Government, Clark County Combined  Health District, United Way of Clark Champaign and Madison Counties, and many  other local support networks.  

“The Nehemiah Foundation formed and solidified The Faith-Community Crisis  Response Team Initiative in 2021 as one of four initiative ‘pathways,’” said Amy  Wilman, Executive Director at the Nehemiah Foundation. “Our mission is to  cultivate unity among the faith community and provide a network and platform  for generosity, community transformation, and hope. We are honored to be a part  of this particular emergency warming shelter effort, a truly collaborative effort  among the faith-community as well as across the civic, government, and social service sectors. With glistening hope, we encourage everyone in our community to  pursue, protect, and preserve unity by responding in times of crisis with warmth  and wisdom.”  

The United Way of Clark Champaign and Madison County will host the Volunteers  United Platform for individuals and organizations to sign up to volunteer at this  extreme cold shelter, or other community collaborative response shelters that may  need to open this winter.


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