Wausau Warming Center Close to Capacity During Cold Snap

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

Every night the Wausau Warming Center opens it's doors to those in need in our community. In fact, on any given night more than 100 people are searching for shelter.

With a current maximum capacity of 21 and temperatures below zero for the past few nights, you would think every one of the Warming Center's recliners would be filled. While that's usually the case, averaging 19 to 20 guests per night, Deacon Bryan Hilts says Thursday night was surprisingly different. Only 15 people stayed at the warming center.

"We speculate that they perhaps they were at a friends house who decided ya know, instead of having to walk over to the warming center tonight why don't you just stay on my couch," Deacon Hilts explains.

With temperatures expected to fall even more, Deacon Hilts anticipates about 15 or so people will be returning to the warming center every night.

The Warming Center opens it's doors at 7:00 PM. It's located on South Third Avenue in Wausau. Everyone who comes will be given a warm meal, a hot shower and even a pair of pajamas. The Warming Center even distributes items like winter gloves and other outerwear to guests in need.

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