Area Nonprofits Team-Up to Open Warming Center

From a Story by K.D. Michaels, Branson Globe

Two area nonprofit agencies are joining forces to open a warming center to help those in need this winter.

Riley’s Treasure Thrift Store on Veterans Blvd. in Downtown Branson is teaming up with the Caring Community Thrift Store to provide a place for the homeless in the community to find food and shelter on cold Branson nights.

Tracy Banks, who along with her family owns and operates Riley’s Treasures, said the idea to develop a center came after it was announced that the Salvation Army in Branson was not going to open their Warming Center this year.

Banks and her family are transforming the upper level of Riley’s Treasures into the Warming Center that will be more like a home than a shelter, with a place for visitors to shower and wash clothes as well as have dinner and breakfast during their stay.

The Warming Center, called “House of Hope” will open on night’s the temperature is expected to get below 32 degrees.

For the complete story, go to the Branson Globe Web Site.

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