Freezing Temperatures Will Open Shelter For Homeless

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

TOMS RIVER – The pending cold temperatures coming this weekend will prompt the Riverwood Park recreation building to be open to homeless people.

The hours are as follows:

  • Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday 4 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. If snowing, the shelter will stay open through to the next night.
  • Sunday 4 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Monday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

A shuttle bus will run to the site daily at 5 p.m., starting at Shore Vineyard Church, 1 So. Main Street, in South Toms River. For more information, call 386-315-0168 or visit HavenStreets.Org.

The current Code Blue law opens up shelters when the temperature reaches 32 degrees with precipitation, or 25 degrees without precipitation.

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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.