Local churches open as cold weather shelters

With temperatures expected to drop this evening, two Lake County churches are opening their doors to those vulnerable to the cold weather.

LifePointe Church, located at 3551 E. Orange Ave., Eustis, and Trinity Assembly of God, 200 Urick St., Fruitland Park will open for sheltering on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m. The Lake County Office of Emergency Management is assisting churches by providing sheltering supplies and the Lake County Community Services Department is providing food for families who will be staying overnight. Lake County Transit will offer assistance to those needing transport to shelters between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Citizens requesting transportation should call 352-742-2612.

“So far this season, Lake County has assisted in coordinating overnight sheltering three times, keeping a total of 64 people and one pet out of the cold,” Thomas Carpenter, director of the Office of Emergency Management, says in a press release. “This has been accomplished through our strong ties to the community, and our on-going partnership with local non-profit organizations and faith leaders.”

Non-profit and faith-based organizations who wish to offer food or sheltering assistance in the future should contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420. For more information about preparing for extreme cold weather events, visit www.floridadisaster.org/hazards/extreme-cold.