Overnight Warming Centers Activated Due To Freezing Weather

The county has declared a Code Blue. (Photo courtesy Paul Hulse)
The county has declared a Code Blue. (Photo courtesy Paul Hulse)

OCEAN COUNTY – Three shelters will be made available overnight as part of the Code Blue program that helps keep homeless people safe in low temperatures.

The following locations will be made available:

  • Riverwood Park Recreation Center, Riverwood Drive (Off Whitesville Road), Toms River, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lakewood Community Center, 20 4th Street, Lakewood, 9 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Greater Bethel Church of God, 201 Martin Luther King Drive, Lakewood, 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Additionally, the Toms River shelter will also be open from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. on the nights of Feb. 20 – 22. A van will be bringing people there from Shore Vineyard Church in South Toms River, and the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at 5 p.m. Call 386-315-0168 for more information.

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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He's also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.