Warming Center

© Deb Holman. Used with permission.

Don't get him wrong; Joel Kilgour is grateful for the public support of people who are homeless when we enter this kind of deep cold.

And as the coordinator of the Chum Warming Center, he's excited about the political will he says is behind a permanent, 24-hour warming center he hopes will be up and running by next year.

Thanks to a network of supports, Joel says he's confident that when people leave the Warming Center in the morning, they have another place to go.

Deb Holman

Duluth's new warming shelter has helped keep people safe over this last, brutal stretch of deadly cold, but it's still treating a symptom, not the underlying problem.

As CHUM's street outreach worker Deb Holman told us earlier this month, some people with untreated mental health issues find the crowded, sometimes chaotic conditions in a shelter anxiety-producing and some don't like to be around other people. So even with temperatures in the teens and 20s and 30s below, some people are electing to stay outside.