If the temperature is below freezing (32 degrees) the doors are open

Cookeville – Hip Cookeville and the Cookeville Community Cares coalition has announced the activation of an emergency cold weather shelter to “provide refuge for the homeless during the impending frigid nights this week.”

The shelter is in the Cookeville rescue Mission’s Johnstone Building at 1331 S Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville.

“If you are unsheltered, please come to the Mission and stay warm,” Hip Cookeville founder Blair Dudley urged citizens Sunday.

If the temperature is below freezing (32 degrees) the doors are open for those who need shelter. Volunteers have been on hand since 3 p.m. yesterday and will operate on an as needed basis, according to Hip Cookeville.

Check HERE for updates.

“The emergency shelter initiative is part of the recently established Cookeville Community Cares coalition, a collaborative effort uniting local organizations with a shared commitment to addressing the needs of our community, particularly those most vulnerable,” according to a press release. “Members of this coalition include Helping Hands of Putnam County, Recovery Kitchen, Cookeville Human Fund, and Hip Cookeville. Cookeville Community Cares has partnered with the Cookeville Rescue Mission to ensure they have the resources needed.”

HIP Cookeville also reminded people that the Cookeville Police Department is there to help.

“Persons in need of shelter within city limits who don’t have transportation can contact the Cookeville Police Department for a ride to the shelter,” according to the release. “If you are outside city limits and need transportation, contact us at communitycares@hipcookeville.com and our Volunteers will try to arrange transportation for you.”

Animals cannot be housed on-site at the Mission, according to HC.

“Those needing shelter will have the opportunity to have their furry friends sheltered safely at on off-site location, thanks to a local animal rescue,” HC said.

To volunteer or donate to the cause visit HERE or drop off donated goods at the Johnstone Building behind the Cookeville Rescue Mission,

Items needed at this time include:

  • food and beverages
  • white towels
  • sheets and pillowcases
  • pillows
  • cots  
  • chairs

For more information visit communitycares@hipcookeville.com.

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