Warming centers reopening in Farmington


FARMINGTON — Warming centers will reopen Jan. 3 at Old South Congregational Church, and Jan. 8 at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church.

A team of volunteers will welcome guests of all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Old South Congregational Church at 227 Main St. It will be open every Thursday through March, offering hot coffee and goodies.

The warming center at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church at 110 Academy St. will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12.

Starting Feb. 19, St. Joseph’s Parish at 133 Middle St. will be the site for the warming center on Tuesdays through March.

Hot soup and a nutritious meal provided by SeniorsPlus will be served at noon on Thursdays at Old South church, because it’s a year-round meal site. Reservations and a $3 donation are requested for the meal. For meal reservations call 778-2163 the day before.

The Tuesday warming centers at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s Parish will serve homemade soups, rolls or biscuits, fruit and dessert. Hot beverages and goodies will also be offered throughout the day. No reservations are needed.

Games, puzzles and crafts are provided at the warming centers.

According to coordinator, the Rev. Susan Crane of Henderson Memorial church, this is the fourth year warming centers are open in Farmington. The purpose is to provide a warm space for people to gather and socialize, an opportunity to turn down their thermostats at home to save fuel.

The warming centers are a ministry of the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry. For more information, visit FAEM’s website at www.faemchurches.org, or call 778-2163.