No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~ Charles Dickens
A warming center is a short-term emergency shelter that opens when temperatures or a medley of weather circumstances such as frigid temperatures, wind chill and precipitation become dangerous. The number one purpose is the prevention of death and injury from exposure to the elements. These may include trauma from falling objects such as trees or injury to body parts from frostbite. A common emergency warming centers try to prevent is hypothermia, the danger for which is multiplied by factors such as age, physical and mental health issues and homelessness.