Uptick in those using warming centers in Peoria

Dream Center along with the fire and police department are all public warming centers
Recent increase in using warming centers amid frigid weather
Recent increase in using warming centers amid frigid weather(25 News Staff)
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Warming centers have opened across Central Illinois for those who can’t get out of the cold. The Dream Center located on Hamilton Boulevard in Peoria is open 24-7 for those in need.

With the recent winter storm and below zero wind chills, Director Kristy Schofield said they are seeing more people. She said they not only provide ways to keep you safe from the cold, but also ways to keep you safe from COVID as well.

Kristy Schofield, Director of Homeless and Housing at the Dream Center, said, “We don’t require vaccination, however we are thrilled to set someone up with a vaccination if they need it. We do have quarantine areas for those who are not vaccinated and they can be rapid tested.”

The Dream Center serves everyone except single men. Schofield added you can stay as long as you need, and eat a fresh meal. The goal for the center is to be able to help people find sustainable permanent housing.

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