Emergency cold shelters open in Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston

Emergency cold shelters open in Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Two shelters will be open Tuesday to keep the less fortunate out of the cold.

In Mount Pleasant, the Hibben UMC Emergency Cold Shelter (HECS) at 690 Coleman will open at 7:30 p.m.

Guests must leave by 7 a.m. the next day.

No guests will be accepted after 11 p.m. unless brought by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, other agencies, or due to special circumstances and advance arrangements have been made.

A Hibben bus will pick up guests in Downtown Charleston starting at 6:55 p.m. at Huger Street across from Taco Boy. It will then proceed to Trident Tech on Columbus Street, Main Library on Calhoun Street, Marion Square at King Street, and then the Museum on Meeting Street before returning to Hibben UMC about 8 p.m. Guests will be returned to the Downtown area the next morning.

The guests will be offered a safe, warm place to sleep overnight plus an evening meal and breakfast. Showers will be available with towels, soap, and shampoo furnished.

The Hibben Facebook page will also post days when the HECS will be open.

So far the shelter has been open for four days during this cold season and has had a total of 172 overnight guests.

In North Charleston, the Aldersgate United Methodist church on Remount Road will also be open.

A hot meal, showers and a bed will be provided.

Carta Route 13 is providing free transportation to and from the shelter.

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