Plano overnight warming station opens for first night of season

Plano Overnight Warming Station volunteers sit down for a meal. Volunteers drive vans for guest pickup, serve food, assist with laundry and assist with other tasks. (Courtesy Plano Overnight Warming Station)
Plano Overnight Warming Station volunteers sit down for a meal. Volunteers drive vans for guest pickup, serve food, assist with laundry and assist with other tasks. (Courtesy Plano Overnight Warming Station)

Plano Overnight Warming Station volunteers sit down for a meal. Volunteers drive vans for guest pickup, serve food, assist with laundry and assist with other tasks. (Courtesy Plano Overnight Warming Station)

The Plano Overnight Warming Station will have its first night of service this season Nov. 11 at the Salvation Army-Plano. The station’s season began Nov. 1 and will run until March 31.

Combined temperature, precipitation and wind must reach a “dangerously inclement” level for the temporary emergency housing operation to open, according to a Plano Overnight Warming station informational handout. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-20s overnight Nov. 11.

Last year the station was open for more than 20 nights, according to Cathy Sweeney, an associate pastor at Arapaho United Methodist Church and a member of the Plano Overnight Warming Station leadership team.

“The need grew over the season,” Sweeney said. “We started out with an average of about 25. And then around Christmas time, it increased to about 35. By the end of the season, we were serving 50 to 65 people each time there was an event night.”

Transportation teams are sent in Salvation Army vans to three locations each night the station is open to pick up anyone waiting at the Parker Road Station, at the Downtown Plano Station or at the Harrington Library, Sweeney said.




Overnight guests are registered and fed a hot meal after arriving at the warming station. There is also a closet available with donated clothing and two showers available for use.

During the off season, the leadership team worked to better the registration process and finalize training guides and sessions for volunteers, Sweeney said.

Two homeless individuals died in freezing elements in 2017 in Plano. This spurred action from the overnight warming station’s leadership team, Sweeney said.

“The leadership team wanted to address that and put procedures in place where individuals had a safe and warm place to be so they weren't exposed to the elements,” Sweeney said.

The City Council and Plano Planning and Zoning Commission approved special-use permits for the warming station in 2018.

“If we're going to protect our citizens, we're going to protect all of our citizens,” Sweeney said. “And part of that shelter.”

One cold-weather night can require anywhere from 15 to 20 volunteers, the handout said. Volunteers are required to be 18, apply and attend training.

The Collin County Homeless Coalition’s Interfaith Group and the Salvation Army collaborate to operate the station. The Salvation Army-Plano is located at 3528 E. 14th Street.
By Liesbeth Powers

Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano, including education and transportation.


MOST RECENT

VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano ISD to consider canceling comprehensive exams, adopting new grading rules during coronavirus closures

Plano ISD schools would cancel comprehensive exams for most classes at all grade levels if trustees approve a set of new guidelines proposed by district staff.

Follow the latest news in Plano regarding the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Latest in Plano: Fourth coronavirus-connected death reported in Collin County

Read our ongoing coverage of the new coronavirus and how it is affecting Plano.

County commissioners approved funding for $55,000 for Life Path Systems’ four long-term care facilities at an April 6 meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
LifePath Systems direct care professionals to receive wage increase over next 2 months

The funding will raise base pay from $10 per hour to $15 per hour for direct care professionals.

Medical professionals from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial in Frisco received a donation of masks and assorted goodies from Two Men and A Truck on April 3. (Courtesy Two Men and A Truck)
April 6: 6 coronavirus stories DFW-area readers should know

Here are six Dallas-Fort Worth-area Community Impact Newspaper stories regarding the coronavirus that readers might have missed.

Plano ISD has extended its school closure until May 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School year to end on schedule regardless of length of closure, Plano ISD tells parents

Instruction will still end on the scheduled date of May 22, the district informed parents this week in a mass message.

Medical professionals from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Centennial in Frisco received a donation of masks and assorted goodies from Two Men and A Truck on April 3. (Courtesy Two Men and A Truck)
Moving company Two Men and A Truck donate face masks to Frisco, McKinney hospitals

After receiving a gift of more than 100 face masks, the North Dallas-area franchise set up a donation of 50 masks to area Baylor Scott & White hospitals.

The city of Plano has limited access to parking at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve after receiving reports that people were crowding the trails. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano limits parking access at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve to fend off crowds on trails

The move brought the total number of available parking spaces at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve down to 190 after the city received repeated complaints about crowds of people on some city trails.

The American Red Cross is urging people to continue donating blood to avoid any shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
American Red Cross avoids near-shortage of blood donations, urges donors to keep scheduling appointments

When concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak started to rise to new levels in the nation in March, thousands of blood donors canceled appointments with the American Red Cross.

The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Health Department has been busy assisting the district with health initiatives, such as delivering meals. (Courtesy Amy Taldo)
ROUNDUP: 5 recent stories on the DFW area’s continued coronavirus response

Read the latest coronavirus updates from communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area below.

Drivers once lined Legacy Drive during rush hour in the Legacy West mixed-use development in Plano. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Layoffs swift in Plano as small businesses, large developments reel from coronavirus restrictions

Layoffs at Legacy West were the first big wave of Plano job losses reported to the Texas Workforce Commission, but countless businesses in the city have been hit hard by restrictions.

President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion package March 27 to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.