A seasonal homeless shelter is now open

A seasonal homeless shelter is now open

CHAMPAIGN -- Austin's Place is open inside First United Methodist Church, giving women a safe place to sleep at night.
 CHAMPAIGN -- The First united Methodist Church is opening Austin's Place; a safe, warm place for women to sleep at night. They provide women with cots, warm blankets and snacks for the night.

This is the seventh year the shelter is open, although it's only open for the winter months. Organizers says it's a service the community needs.

Eight women can use the center at a time. Women must first check in at the Center for Women in Transition, pass a screening and they'll be taken to the shelter.

Organizers say they need volunteers and other items including juice boxes, sheets and bus tokens.

To donate:
Cathy Minor
(217) 356 - 0978

First United Methodist Church
210 West Church Street
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