KOAM List: Warming centers open in the 4-States

Warming Centers In The Four States

The 4-States experiences dangerously cold temperatures. Here’s a list of warming centers open, opening or planned in the 4-States. You can contact each location about donating or volunteering.


  • Joplin
    • Byers Avenue United Methodist Church
      • Officials say they can only have ten people at the most due to COVID restrictions. They’ve had a number of items donated to help those that are in need of shelter including food and blankets. The church will also be providing snacks and a to-go treat bag for people in the morning when they leave. The shelter is open from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and is located at the corner of 17th and Byers in Joplin. The church is also providing masks, hand sanitizer and even showers if needed.
    • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
      • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on West 26th street in Joplin is open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will open at that time each day Monday – Friday.
    • Minnie Hackney Community Center
      • The Minnie Hackney Community Center at 110 South Main is open as a warming center. They’re providing hot food and drinks, as well as warm sleeping quarters for anyone in need. They’ll be open all day through Tuesday.
    •  Lamar
      • Lamar Memorial Hall
          • In the City of Lamar, they’re opening the Lamar Memorial Hall at 11th and Broadway from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They ask that you do not bring animals to the warming center. For more information on that shelter, you’re asked to call the Lamar Fire Department.
  • Carterville


  • Fort Scott
    • In the event of power outages, the City of Fort Scott has identified Buck Run Community Center as a warming center for the public. This warming center is not staffed to provide services, but is a safe places to get warm. (Buck Run Community Center – 735 Scott Ave, Fort Scott, KS 66701)
  • Pittsburg
    • Lincoln Community Center at 710 West 9th Street
      • A 24-hour emergency warming shelter has been established in Pittsburg for those seeking refuge from the extreme cold. The Progressive Lateral Aid Network (PLAN) of Pittsburg is coordinating the effort in collaboration with the City of Pittsburg. The shelter is located at Lincoln Center, 710 W. 9th St. next to the Pittsburg Aquatic Center. PLAN is asking for donations of cots, sleeping bags, hygiene equipment, and non-perishable food items. Please bring all donations to the east or west doors of the Lincoln Center. This emergency shelter will be open until 9:00 am Wednesday, Feb. 17. The facility has a limited capacity of 20 individuals. Masks must be worn at all times while inside Lincoln Center. Masks will be provided for those who do not have them. For additional information, contact PLAN Communications Coordinator Shane Adcock at theplanforpittsburg@gmail.com.


  • Miami
    • New Hope Christian Church
      • In Miami, the New Hope Christian Church at 2221 Rockdale is open now until the need passes. They are providing food, cots, blankets and clothes to those who come in for shelter.

If your organization has a warming center and would like to be added to the list, email sstrader@koamtv.com