The following is a list of warming centers in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties during this weekend’s blast of arctic air and high winds across the state.


Auburn will open a 48-hour warming shelter in partnership with the Auburn Housing Authority at the authority’s Family Development Center on Valerie Circle. The center opened at noon Friday and remains open until noon Sunday. Free transportation to the warming center will be available through the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston. The pickup location will be the First Universalist Church of Auburn at 169 Pleasant St. Pickup times will be 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. “The center will also be accessible via the Citylink bus service, which has stops nearby,” according to a city news release. “Auburn’s Community Development team and the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine will staff the center, and security will be on-site. Organizers also plan to provide food for those who use the warming center.”

In Auburn, the Pleasant Street Drop In Center at 169 Pleasant St. will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Lewiston, the Trinity Jubilee Center on Spruce Street was expected to remain open over the weekend with hot breakfast and lunch available.

The Rest Center at 205 Main St., Lewiston, will be open from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Sunday.


In Lewiston, Calvary Methodist Church at 59 Sabattus St. will be open for warming weekly from noon to 8 a.m. and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also in Lewiston, Hope Haven Gospel Mission at 209 Lincoln St. was listed as a shelter for some homeless, although space is limited. They can be reached at 207-783-6086. St. Martin de Porres, too, at 23 Bartlett St. was listed as an emergency shelter. They are at 207-786-4690.

The Greene Fire Station, at 106 Patten Road, will be used as a warming station from Friday to Sunday. Anyone who needs shelter in that area can call 207-576-8035 to make arrangements.

The Rural Community Action Ministries in Leeds is doing the same and can be reached at 207-524-5095.

Lisbon Police Department, at 300 Lisbon St. Operating hours are not specified. They can be reached at 207-353-2500.

In Poland, the Ricker Memorial Library at 1211 Maine St. will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Turner Fire/Rescue Station, 19 General Turner Hill Road will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and after as needed.


Canton fire station is being offered as a shelter. Contact Chief Jason Vaughan at 357-0162 to make arrangements.

In Mexico, the Town Hall at 134 Main St. will be open for those who need warmth. To make arrangements call Town Manager Raquel Welch at 446-4111, Emergency Management Director Jack Gaudet at 418-7429 or the Fire Department at 364-3612.

The First Baptist Church at 20 Cherry St. in Mexico. Call 364-8712 or 357-3876.

Otisfield Community Center, 292 State Route 121, will be open from 5 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday for warming, water, phone charging. Contact Rick Micklon 207-838-1561.


For Paris, Norway and surrounding towns, the Paris Fire Department station at 137 Western Ave. will be open for Paris, Norway and any other residents who need a warm place. The station opened at 7 a.m. Friday with cots, blankets and coffee and remain open as long as needed.

Also in Paris, Superintendent Heather Manchester of Maine School Administrative District 17 announced Thursday that the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria on Main Street in Paris will be open Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call Bud Raymond at 207-890-0451 or Michael Manning at 207-461-1726 or Val Graffe at 207-461-0455.

In Porter, the Porter Town Hall at 71 Main St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information contact Janice Miller at 207-625-8344; basic warming; no public Wi-Fi.

Roxbury Town Office at 1095 Roxbury Road. Call 207-364-3982 for assistance after 4 p.m.

Rumford, Newman Congregational Church at 100 Newman Ave. will serve as a warming center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also in Rumford, the Rumford Police Department at 150 River Road will be open for warming all day/night Friday and Saturday. Call Chris Reed for information at 207-418-1083.


In Waterford, the Waterford Town Complex at 366 Valley Road will be open for warming Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Sharon at 595-8291. Bathrooms, showers, ability to charge phones and warm beverages.

In West Paris, the West Paris Town Office at 25 Kingsbury St. will be available from 6 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Sunday. Call 207-461-0080 for access.


Carrabassett Valley Public Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive #3, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In Farmington, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 133 Middle St., is open through 1 p.m. Saturday. No cots or sleeping supplies, but they welcome sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, or other necessary items if people need to spend the night. Drinks and snacks will be available but meals will not be served due to the short notice. Individuals interested in volunteering at the warming shelter should contact Dennis O’Neil at 207-500-0245. The church is looking for volunteers during the day, evening, and overnight.

Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy St., will be a warming shelter Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a comprehensive list of warming shelters around the state, visit the Maine Emergency Management Agency webpage

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