The Warming Station opens when temperatures are forecasted to be 36 degrees or below. Moreover, the station considers various inclement weather conditions, including rain, ensuring the safety and comfort of those who depend on the Warming Station. This initiative is made possible by the City of Anniston’s Community Task Force on Homelessness, led by the United Way of East Central Alabama in collaboration with the Anniston First United Methodist Church, Interfaith Ministries of Calhoun County, MeMe’s Heart, and His Hands and Feet Ministries. The Cooling Station operates in a similar fashion in the event of dangerously high temperatures.
The warming station is located at The Bridge at Anniston First United Methodist Church (1400 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201).
For more questions about the station, please contact United Way’s 24/7 help-line at: 2-1-1.
If you are interested in donating items, meals, and/or assisting in meal preparations for the warming station, or if you are interested in future employment and volunteer opportunities with the warming station, please email United Way’s Kyle Bryan at email@example.com to learn more.
Since 2019, emergency shelter in Calhoun County has been scarce, leaving our neighbors experiencing homelessness with nowhere to turn. In fact, from 2022 to 2023 the number of chronically homeless in Calhoun County increased from 68 to 111. However, we are proud to say the days without an emergency shelter will soon be over. The Anniston City Council’s appointed Community Task Force on Homelessness, led by United Way of East Central Alabama, is excited to announce the creation of Martha’s Hope: The Martha Vandervoort Center to End Homelessness: www.uweca.org/marthashope.
Honoring the legacy of the late director of Interfaith Ministries, Mrs. Vandervoort was a passionate advocate for our homeless neighbors. Martha’s Hope will provide emergency and transitional housing for men, women, and families experiencing temporary or chronic homelessness. Martha’s Hope will provide overnight emergency housing for up to 36 individuals and includes two family suites for those facing homelessness resulting from emergent crises such as eviction, job loss, trafficking, and other precipitating events.
In addition, the facility will include a Transitional Living floor named after a relentless champion of under-resourced families and individuals, Maudine Holloway, who continues to serve our community as the Director of Community Enabler Developer. This Transitional Living Center, known as The Holloway House, will allow up to 40 individuals, including two family units, a safe place to work toward permanent housing, self-sufficiency, and to receive coordinated care and services aimed at ensuring they successfully attain their goals.
Martha’s Hope is the first step on the journey out of homelessness and into housing. With the assistance of licensed social workers called Empowerment Coaches, individuals will be connected with the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their hopes and their dreams.
Thanks to a funding partnership with the City of Anniston, United Way will soon begin construction of Martha’s Hope at 1411 Gurnee Avenue. That said, support will be needed from our community to complete the work. You can make a designated donation to Martha’s Hope by visiting: www.uweca.org/support-marthas-hope.
While our area may not currently have a shelter facility, there may still be resources available to help. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing homelessness, please call 2-1-1 and speak to a Call Specialist to find out what help may be available. Join us in our goal to end homelessness for every individual who experiences Martha’s Hope.
If you would like more information about Martha’s Hope, please contact:Kyle Bryan | Program Director | The Martha Vandervoort Center to End Homelessness | 256-848-7755 | firstname.lastname@example.org