After a relatively mild winter so far, forecasters are predicting extremely cold temperatures in Holyoke in the coming days, with a projected overnight low of minus 4 degrees Friday night and early Saturday morning.
We urge everyone to dress accordingly and to seek shelter in heated areas if home or work is not warm enough.
Providence Ministries is offering a pop-up warming shelter on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 51 Hamilton Street (off Main Street, two blocks south of Racing Mart). Providence Ministries will offer warm beds, dinner and breakfast, snacks, showers, dry clothes, and other assistance on a first-come basis. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with no admission after 9 p.m. Breakfast is served before the warming shelter closes for the day at 8 a.m.
For more information, call Providence Ministries at (413) 536-9109.
If you would like to be placed on a call list to be notified directly when future warming shelters will be offered, please call (413) 322-5610.
Other places to go to stay warm during regular business hours include the Holyoke Public Library at 250 Chestnut Street, the Holyoke Senior Center at 291 Pine Street, the Holyoke Mall at 50 Holyoke Street, and other retail outlets.
If your child needs help staying warm or other resources, please contact your Family Engagement team member who may be able to assist.
The district website also provides links to a variety of community resources you may find helpful.
As a reminder, the district has established guidance for families to follow for cancellations, delays and early releases caused by weather and other circumstances.