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Chevy Chase opens emergency shelter

by JULIE E. MARTIN jmartin@indianagazette.net on January 07, 2014 11:00 AM

Due to the extreme cold, the Chevy Chase Community Center opened today as an emergency warm shelter.

Anyone who needs assistance due to an emergency such as a loss of heat, power or water is welcome at the center, at 640 N. Fifth St.

A hot meal, drinks and fruit will be provided.

In addition, executive director Diane Reese-Walters said, Starbucks donated coffee, The Salvation Army sent over blankets and the Indiana County Humane Society provided crates for those who have to bring their pets with them to the shelter.

The Indiana County Transit Authority is offering free rides for anyone who needs to get to the center. Citizens’ Ambulance Service is also available for those who need emergency transportation.

Reese-Walters said she is staying in touch with local utility companies throughout the day to stay up to date on outages in the area. As of this morning, there were none.

Anyone in need of emergency funding to cover utility costs, she said, can apply for assistance through the Chevy Chase Community Center.

As temperatures hovered around 9 degrees below zero this morning — with the high forecasted to be near zero — those at the center waited for anyone who might need a warm place to stay.

Reese-Walters said she planned on playing it by ear, and would keep the center open as long as needed.

“If it means it takes us all night, we’ll take all night,” she said.

If you have questions or require further information, contact the Chevy Chase Community Center at (724) 463-0674.

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