Brr....It's colder than cold and not good for a person to be out long in the freezing temperatures.

Both Winnebago and Boone County have both opened several warming centers for individuals to get out of these cold temperatures and warm up.

According to WIFR the "Rockford Human Services Department says several facilities will be open from now until April in Winnebago and Boone counties" as places to get out of the cold and into the warmth.

WIFR posted the following list on their website of warming centers around both the Winnebago and Boone County area:

Winnebago County:

- The Carpenter’s Place at 1149 Railroad Ave. in Rockford open 8:15 a.m. –3:00 p.m.  Monday-Friday.

-Rockford Rescue Mission at 715 W. State St. in Rockford 
Women’s Crisis Center, women and children only, open 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. all week.
Men’s Crisis Center open 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. all week.

-Oak Street Health at 301 E. State St. in Rockford open 8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday.

-Pecatonica Village Hall at 405 Main St. in Pecatonica open 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 -Village of Machesney Park at 300 Roosevelt Rd. in Machesney Park open 8:00 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Boone County:

-Salvation Army at 422 S. Main St. in Belvidere open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

- Belvidere Public Safety Building at 615 N. Main St. in Belvidere open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional Warming Centers:

-Illinois Dept. of Human Services Family Community Resource Center at 171 Executive Parkway in Rockford open 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except State and Federal holidays)

-Belvidere Oasis on I-90 in Belvidere is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I'm so thankful for places like these to be open offering a place to warm up. It's just too dang cold to be out walking, living, heck even breathing in the frigid temps.



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