CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - As temperatures take a plunge late Wednesday, area shelters are preparing to help people in need avoid bitterly cold weather.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will open its work camp on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The facility, located at 3841 Leeds Ave., will stay open until noon on Saturday.
CARTA will provide free service to the work camp facility, with service running from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Riders boarding Route 10 Rivers Avenue buses at any of the following stops who wish to go to the warming shelter will be allowed to ride for free, as long as they let the driver know upon boarding.
The stop locations where riders can get a free ride are:
- Corner of Meeting and Columbus
- Corner of Meeting and Lee
- Across the street from TriCounty Family Ministries (3349 Rivers Ave., North Charleston)
- The CARTA bus stops surrounding the Goodwill on Rivers Avenue (6607 Rivers Ave., North Charleston)
Riders will be taken to the CARTA SuperStop on Rivers Avenue, where they will then transfer to a Leeds Avenue bus that will take them to the shelter.
In Mount Pleasant, Hibben United Methodist Church will open its emergency cold shelter beginning Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. That shelter is located in the Life and Learning Center behind the church at 690 Coleman Blvd., will be open through Friday. Check in time is between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The guests will be offered a warm place to sleep overnight plus an evening meal and breakfast. Showers are available with towels, soap, and shampoo furnished.
A Hibben bus is scheduled to pick up guests in Downtown Charleston starting at 7 p.m. at Huger Street across from Taco Boy. It will then proceed to Trident Tech on Columbus Street, the Main Library on Calhoun Street, Marion Square at King Street, and then the Museum on Meeting Street before returning to Hibben UMC at about 8 p.m.
If a driver is available, guests will also be returned to the Downtown area the next morning.