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MHC Warming Center set to open Sunday for its second season

MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Warming Center of Martinsville and Henry County will once again partner with Forest Hills Presbyterian Church to open on Sunday.

The warming center, located at 725 Beechnut Lane in Martinsville, provides a safe, warm overnight stay for those experiencing homelessness when temperatures are below freezing.

The center will operate when temperatures are below 35 degrees, with a weekly schedule being posted on its Facebook page each week.

It will close for the season in March 2021 with the date to be decided based on weather.

The warming center says guests will have transportation options, pick-up at the Blue Ridge Regional Library in uptown, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and check-in at the center will begin at 7 p.m.

Once guests arrive, they will be provided a warm meal and personal care items as needed, along with a safe and warm place to sleep.

The center says it will follow all guidelines for screening for COVID-19, and have partnered with local agencies to provide care and housing options for those affected by the coronavirus.

Every guest and volunteer will be screened prior to staying at the center.

Those interested in volunteering or making donations, should contact center coordinator Cristen Anderson at 276-358-1755 or email

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