Warming centers/shelters open in metro Atlanta area this week

With temperatures expected to reach the teens early Wednesday mornings, warming centers or shelters will be available for those who need them. Hours and restrictions may vary by location. 

RELATED: Temperatures dropping after early morning precipitation


The City of Atlanta Warming Center at Central Park Recreation Center located at 400 Merritts Ave NE is open Tuesday, Jan. 16 and will remain open through 10 a.m. Jan. 22. Men only at Central Park Recreation Center, 400 Merritts Ave. NE. Women and children only at Selena Butler Recreation Center, 48 William Holmes Borders Drive SE. Transportation will be provided from the Gateway Center at 8 p.m. with return transportation upon deactivation. 


The First Baptist Church of Woodstock's emergency warming station will be open from 6 p.m. Jan. 19 until 8 a.m. Jan. 21. They are in need of volunteers to come out and help or to provide food. 


Clayton County Parks & Recreation Centers will remain open until Jan. 20. 

Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex
Virginia Gray Recreation Center, 1475 E. Fayetteville Road, Riverdale
Jim Huie Recreation Center & Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro
Flint River Community Center, 153 Flint River Road, Riverdale
Lake Spivey Recreation Center, 2300 Walt Stephens Road, Jonesboro
South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Road, Hampton

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services Headquarters, 7810 Highway 86, Riverdale -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clayton County Police Department, Community Room, 7911 N. McDonough St., Jonesboro -- Open 24 hours

The City of Forest Park is opening its warming center for individuals in need. The Forest Park Recreation Center will be open from 7 p.m. Jan. 19 until 7 a.m. Jan. 20. and 7 p.m. Jan. 20 until 7 a.m. Jan. 21. The warming center can accommodate up to 50 individuals. Snacks and bottled water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. ndividuals interested in volunteering or donating items such as sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, hand soap, paper towels, toiletries and feminine products are asked to contact Tarik Maxwell at (404) 925-6019.

Cathie's House at The Chapel Jonesboro, 1565 Commercial Court, Jonesboro – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Cathie's House is also looking for donations of blankets, coats, fruit, snacks, lunch meat etc. for those who need it. 


MUST Ministries will open its Hope House Shelter winter warming shelter when overnight low temperatures are expected to fall below 35 degrees. Winter warming shelter services are available for men, women, and children. Individuals needing the winter weather shelter services must check in by 8:00 p.m. each night. The Hope House shelter is at 1297 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30066.

Cobb County is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide transportation to individuals needing winter warming shelter services.

Pickup location:
Reflections of Trinity
4037 Austell-Powder Springs Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Pickup times: 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Bus vouchers are available at the following locations from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. when the warming shelter is open:
HOPE Family Resource Center
6108 Mableton Pkwy, Suite 116
Mableton, GA 30126

Family Life Restoration Center
6105 Mableton Pkwy
Mableton, GA 30126

Bethany United Methodist Church
760 Hurt Rd SW
Smyrna, GA 30082 


DeKalb County has 4 warming centers open for residents to use 24 hours a day through 8 a.m. Jan. 21. 

Exchange Park Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur
Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur
Tobie Grant, 593 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale
Frontline Response International, 2585 Gresham Road, Atlanta

The above centers will also be open 24 hours a day from 8 a.m. Jan. 20 through 8 a.m. Jan. 21. 

In addition, DeKalb County will continue to make available four overnight warming centers for residents on Tues., Jan. 16, through Mon., Jan. 22, starting at 8 p.m. to use at the following locations with special transportation provided each morning to the above specified 24-hour Warming Center locations.

Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates
Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood
Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta
North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee


The Gilmer Warming Center at 1561 S. Main St. in Ellijay will be open until 7 a.m. Jan. 22. Pets are welcome. 


Gwinnett County will open warming stations for residents to receive temporary, overnight relief when temperatures reach 35 degrees and below.

Residents who visit the sites will be able to warm up, eat a meal, and get some rest. The warming stations will be available from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Buford Senior Center
2755 Sawnee Avenue
Bus route 101 I-985, stop 19 or 
Bus route 50, stop 5047

Shorty Howell Park Activity Building
2750 Pleasant Hill Road
Bus route 10B, stop 542 and 108

Best Friend Park Gym
6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard
Bus route 35, stop 407 and 906

Centerville Senior Center
3025 Bethany Church Road
Bus route 70, stop 7010 and 7023
Snellville microtransit

Lawrenceville Senior Center
225 Benson Street
Bus route 40, stop 836 and 337
Lawrenceville microtransit


Henry County's warming center will be open Jan. 20 through 22 at J.P. Moseley Recreation Center in Stockbridge from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. Pickup locations and times: 

  • 6:00 pm - Valero - 115 Hwy. 138, Stockbridge
  • 6:30 pm - City of Stockbridge Clock Tower - Eagles Landing Pkwy. at Rock Quarry Road
  • 7:00 pm - Red Hawk Park - 143 Henry Pkwy. McDonough
  • 7:30 pm - Walmart Locust Grove - 4949 Bill Gardner Pkwy, 


Conyers Methodist Church, 921 Main Street, Conyers – Must arrive between 7 and 8:30 p.m. for intake. Open through Jan. 21.  

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