According to the National Weather Service, White Flag criteria (15ºF or lower air temperature and/or wind chill) will likely be met Thursday through Tuesday nights (2/3/22 – 2/8/22).
The Daniel Pitino (501 Walnut St, Owensboro, KY) and St. Benedict’s (1001 W 7th St, Owensboro, KY) homeless shelters may not currently be at capacity. If capacity is exceeded during this impending cold weather event, Owensboro Christian Church (OCC) will be open as a warming center, offering bedding from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.
If a warming center is required, the following transportation options are available:
- Monday-Friday: Owensboro Transit System bus route, FREE for White Flag shelterees (two bus stops near Owensboro Christian Church).
- Saturday or Sunday: a van will pick up those seeking shelter from Daniel Pitino Shelter and transport them to Owensboro Christian Church (Saturday: 5:45 P.M, Sunday: 6:15 P.M.)
- Self-transport to the warming shelter anytime 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. White Flag nights. The White Flag shelter entrance will be between OCC entrances “C” and “D” on the New Hartford Rd side.
Families, women, and women with children should contact the Daniel Pitino Shelter (270-688-9000) and men should contact St. Benedict’s (270-541-1003) to inquire if the warming center is in operation, or if there are available bed spaces within one of the existing shelters. Again, OCC will only be open if the homeless shelters are at full capacity.
The Daniel Pitino Shelter will also be offering to-go meals (with exceptions in the note below):
- Breakfast 8:00 am
(White Flag days only)
- Lunch Mon-Sat 11:00 am
Sunday 2:00 pm
- Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30 pm
Sunday 6:00 pm
*Due to the ice storm, dinner Thursday and breakfast Friday will be served at the White Flag shelter.
All protective measures (social distancing, masks, handwashing, quarantine) will be strictly enforced. There is an area pre-designated for quarantine if required.