The district's former administration building, located at 525 Mill Street, will have new purpose this winter. In partnership with Springfield's Egan Warming Center and the City of Springfield, the district agreed to some small modifications to allow it to open the doors as a temporary shelter on evenings that the temperature drops below 30 degrees.
"While this doesn’t serve as a long-term solution for the Warming Center’s needs, it does provide an important support to our community while final decisions regarding the old complex are made," said Brett Yancey, the district's chief operations officer. "The move to utilize this resource is consistent with our board’s vision and district values of serving our community’s needs."
The move solves a problem left when the former shelter, located at the Ebbert Memorial Church, was closed by the fire department due to a lack of sprinkler systems. Yancey expects that the building will be able to accommodate up to 68 people on cold nights, while Egan and city officials continue their search for a permanent location.
A training session has been scheduled for those who wish to volunteer at the shelter:
New Volunteer Orientation and Training
Where: Old Springfield School District Bldg, 525 Mill St., Springfield (back of the building). Please park on the street.
When: Saturday, December 1
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
New volunteers will fill out an application at the orientation and training. Please try to arrive on time.