St. Edward opens warming center today

In cooperation with Marion County, St. Edward Catholic Church and Salem Evangelical Church are opening warming centers on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Area residents still without power are invited to for area residents still without power are welcome at either location. Both locations will provide a safe place to warm up and charge electronics. COVID-19 physical distancing protocols will be in place and KN95 masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to guests.

St. Edward’s warming center will open at noon, 5303 River Road N.

Salem Evangelical’s site will open at 10 a.m., 455 Locust Street N.E.

Both warming centers will be open as day centers with no overnight accommodations. Guests will be encouraged to stop in to warm up, have a snack, and charge electronics then depart to allow room for additional guests. Reservations are not needed to access the warming centers.

Both warming centers plan to open as necessary until power is restored. Additional updates will be provided as more information is available.

In addition, the ARCHES day use center is open and the Salem Warming Network will activate locations for unsheltered residents if temperatures drop below the 32 degrees. Sites are open 7 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. during activation. Locations for warming centers include Salem First Presbyterian, Capital Park Wesleyan Church, and South Salem Friends Church. For more information, visit