Warming Center

About the Paducah Warming Center

FireplaceNOTE:  The hours of operation listed below are not valid during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Paducah Warming Center is making changes to its operations to protect the health of the volunteers and those who need a place to stay.  In-house Warming Center Services for the 2020-2021 winter season have been suspended. If you are in need of emergency shelter, contact Mary Ruth Jamison at 270-349-9194.

Please visit Community Kitchen for more information or call 270-575-3400.

The Paducah Warming Center is located at the Community Kitchen, 1237 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and those needing a place to stay can remain until 8 a.m.  No pets are allowed.  The doors are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.  Those needing a place to stay should arrive before 10 p.m.

The Center provides a warm, dry and safe environment for local, homeless residents during brief periods of inclement winter weather. The Center will open on nights when the temperature falls to 40 degrees or below.  Folks who stay at the Center are provided with cots, linens, and access to laundry and shower facilities.

During the winter, the center provides safe shelter to an average of 15 men, women, and children each night during severe winter weather.

The Center operates from December 1 through March 31.

Need for Volunteers

Community Ministries, Inc. needs volunteers at least 18 years of age to staff the Center. 

During each evening the Center is open, a two-member team, preferably a male and female, staffs the facility for a shift. Each evening has three shifts: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.; and 4:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Each volunteer will be on call for a week-long assignment. Light evening and morning meals will be provided for the Center’s visitors.  

Donations Appreciated

Contact the Community Kitchen at 270-575-3400 if you would like to donate.  For more information, visit Community Kitchen.

Thank You to Donors 

Warming Center Donors

Pictured from left to right:  Mardie Herndon (Paducah Bank president/COO), Mike Gregory (community education representative with Humana/CareSource), Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, Sally Michelson (Community Ministries), Charles Moore (Senior Pastor First Baptist Church), Danny Evitts (McCracken County president of Independence Bank), and Rev. Meghan Holland (Asst. Rector Grace Episcopal Church

Not pictured-Mark Edwards (Credit Bureau Systems president/CEO)

On December 2, 2014, Mayor Gayle Kaler thanked the organizations that provided $500 each to Community Ministries, Inc. to support the Paducah Warming Center.  The organizations are Paducah Bank, Humana/CareSource, First Baptist Church, Independence Bank, Grace Episcopal Church, and Credit Bureau Systems.  The funds were used to purchase 20 cots for the center.