CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Some warming shelters accross the Lowcountry will open Wednesday night as temperatures drop close to freezing.
The Hibben UMC Hospitality Shelter will open at 7:30 p.m. and guests must leave by 7 a.m. Thursday. No guests will be accepted after 11 p.m. unless brought by police, other agencies, or due to special circumstances and advance arrangements have been made.
Guests will not be allowed on church property until after 6 p.m.
A Hibben bus will pick up guests in downtown Charleston starting at 7 p.m. at Huger Street across from Taco Boy. It will then proceed to the Main Library on Calhoun Street, Marion Square at King Street, the “For All of US” Center at 529 Meeting Street, and ECCO on Six Mile Road, Mt. Pleasant before returning to Hibben UMC about 8 p.m.
All bags will be searched prior to allowing a guest to enter the facility.
The guests will be offered a safe, warm place to sleep overnight plus an evening meal and breakfast. Showers are available with towels, soap, and shampoo furnished.
The Aldersgate Winter Warming Shelter will open at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Registration will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The shelter, located at 1444 Remount Rd. in North Charleston, will provide a hot shower, warm clothes, toiletries, safe overnight lodging and an optional devotion.
For a connecting ride to the shelter, board a CARTA Bus route 13 and request the Aldersgate Winter Warming Shelter.
Pets are not permitted at the shelter.
St. Peter’s AME Church in Walterboro will open its warming center to guests between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dinner, snack and breakfast will be served. Guests will be able to stay until 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
Bethel AME Church in St. George will open its warming shelter at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will accept guests through 9 p.m. and then operate until 8 a.m. Thursday.
The shelter, located at 6585 Memorial Drive, will serve breakfast and dinner.