The Interfaith Day Center in Columbia was packed full on Monday as people sought refuge from the cold temperatures. The high for the day was 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
The center, which is a daytime resource for those who are homeless, is expected to move to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church soon. In the current location on Park Avenue, there’s only seating for about 20 people.
Warming centers and shelters have now opened in Columbia, according to the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. It has 14 buildings hosting people during winter months. Representatives said 8 of those buildings are warming centers open during business hours.
· ARC (Activity and Recreation Center) at 1707 West Ash Street
· Armory Sports and Community Center at 701 East Ash Street
· Boone County Government Center at 801 East Walnut
The United Way of Randolph County ended its 2012 campaign Thursday short of its $310,000 goal having raised about $282,000. Executive Director Gina Fowler said there were some unexpected obstacles to raising the money.
“We had one business that actually relocated to another city in Missouri, so we lost a pretty large employer,” Fowler said. “We felt that that our campaign, considering that and some other things going on in our community like the economy, did very well.”
At 10 a.m., Lee’s is filled with the sound of music, plates cluttering and food being unwrapped. About 10 volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and desserts. Major. K. Kendall Mathews is the mid-Missouri regional coordinator for the Salvation Army. He said this is the 24th year they’re hosting a Thanksgiving meal for low-income families.