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Warming Center receives grant to keep doors open during pandemic

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The Carbondale Warming Center was scheduled to close its doors more than a month ago, however due to COVID-19 it's remaining open indefinitely.

Housing Action Illinois has provided the center a $10,000 grant to help keep its doors open and to encourage other agencies to do the same.

With the Stay-At-Home order in place, the center recognized the need to expand its services, making it more than just a place-to-sleep for a night.

"Part of our reason for staying open is that our guests wouldn't have a place to be during the daytime during a pandemic, when the places they would be are closed. Future funding, we're always looking, we're looking at how we can best help our guests and what are the best methods to do that through," said Warming Center Coordinator Carmalita Cahill.

The center has been able to offer Tele-Health services to guests through internet services donated by ClearWave.

The center is currently in need of men's clothing, as well as paper products like plates and napkins.

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