Center Twp’s 24-hour emergency shelter has welcomed mom and son living in car, folks without working furnaces

Photos above and below: the accommodations in place at the Center Township Trustee’s Office to shelter folks from the dangerous cold. (Photos submitted)

It has offered warm air, warm blankets, warm food and warm smiles. Maybe most importantly, it’s reminded folks who need a place to stay in this brutal cold that they’re not the only ones.

The Center Township Trustee’s office at 1700 Lincolnway (corner of Lincolnway and J Street) is one of several warming centers serving people during this cold snap. Unlike most others, it was open 24 hours Wednesday and will be open Wednesday night into Thursday until 4 p.m., offering cots, food and more.

Center Township Trustee Lisa Pierzakowski gave WNLP a little rundown on how the first night went Wednesday:

“Last night we had 5 in and out, but 3 spent the entire night. Fed breakfast to the 3 this morning. Just had mom and son living in a car come in. Two brothers whose furnace was not working and then 2 from last night. We will have more as city and county come across them. City called about a mom and kids (who also had no heat) they were bringing in but then they found a relative to go to. Full house and trying to keep food, coffee and hot chocolate going.”

Other warming centers:

— LaPorte County Complex, 24 hours

— LaPorte City Hall, 801 Michigan Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

— LaPorte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

— LaPorte Fire Station 2, 115 E. Shore Drive

— The Pax Center, 605 Washington St., business hours

— Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe St., business hours

2 Responses to “Center Twp’s 24-hour emergency shelter has welcomed mom and son living in car, folks without working furnaces”

  1. Sharon and Cary Kirkham

    Jan 31. 2019

    Lisa…you are doing an amazing job!!! Thank you.🤗

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  2. citizen

    Feb 01. 2019

    Lisa! you are an amazing asset to Center township with your heart and soul dedicated to helping those in need! Bless you and all those that help you make such a positive impact on our community 🙂

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