Washington Street Baptist Church is hosting a walk-up warming center this cold season. This safe, warm place to stay the night is a collaborative effort of community partners. The church will house any person on nights when the low temperature is 40° or below at 739 Washington Street, a property next door to the main building. The church encourages those who stay at the center to bring a photo ID for registration, but it is not required. Note: Washington Street Baptist Church’s office (270-442-8033) is open Monday-Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Season: November 2021 – March 2022
Location: Washington Street Baptist Church (WSBC), 739 Washington Street. This is the building next to the main church building.
Arrival Hours: Walk up between 5:30 and 10 p.m., first come basis
Departure Hours: Leave between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.
The warming center depends upon volunteers to run safely. Many items are also needed including food, hygiene items, and toiletries. Operating the center will increase the church’s utility and security costs. If you can help with the efforts, create a free profile with the United Way's platform, Volunteer Paducah. The warming center needs are listed by searching for Washington Street Baptist Church on that site or by using this quick link.
The United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, including its Americorps VISTA worker sponsored by Mercy Health, Healthy Paducah, Housing Authority of Paducah, and STAY at Paducah Public Schools worked together to identify and recruit a host site and offer support services for this season. Community Kitchen, Heartland Church, Paducah Cooperative Ministry, and First Baptist Church contributed financially to offset start-up, operational costs. With this collaborative foundation, Washington Street Baptist Church leadership voted to host this season’s warming center.