Warming Centers, Shelter Open


A temperatures dip below freezing, warming centers are opening in the state.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has directed the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to coordinate with shelters throughout the state as well as the 211 helpline.


The Greater Bridgeport Transit Main Bus Terminal at 710 Water Street will be open as a warming center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the warming center.


Prospect Methodist Church, 99 Summer St., will open a warming center in their community room at 6 p.m. on Friday.  Cots, pillows and blankets are available. There is a designated area for pets as well. Please bring your own food, medicines or other necessary items to the shelter. Anyone with questions can call Mayor Art Ward's office at 860-584-6250.


The Community Center/Library at 40 Dyer Ave. is open from Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who require additional cold weather resources should call the Social Services Department at 860-693-5811.


These warming centers opened at noon on Wednesday and will remain open through Friday, Jan. 25.

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The following sites will be open as warming centers through Friday afternoon:

  • Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main St. Phone: 203-630-4273, Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St., Phone: 203-238-2346;  Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;  Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Westfield Meriden Square, 470 Lewis Ave., Phone: 203-235-3343; Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Call Infoline 2-1-1 for a complete list of shelters.


Warming centers are open through this Friday at:

  • Simsbury Public Library, lower level entrance, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Eno Memorial Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Residents needing additional information or assistance should call the Town of Simsbury’s Social Services Department at 860 658-3283.

South Windsor

  • Community Center open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Library open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Torrington city hall auditorium, on the second floor of City Hall, 140 Main St., would be open for use as a warming center for residents that are in need. 

The auditorium will be open on Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the auditorium, the following locations will be available as a warming center: 

  • Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert St., Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The senior center will be opened for seniors only.
  • Torrington Health & Rehab, 225 Wyoming Ave., Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Register Citizen Newspaper, 59 Field St., Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Torrington Soup Kitchen, 220 Prospect St., Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1p.m., and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

West Haven

West Haven is opening three shelters.

  • Allington Senior Center, 1 Forest Road. The Senior Centers will be open today and tomorrow until 4:30 p.m.
  • Noble Street Senior Center, 201 Noble St.
  • City Hall, Room B (basement), 355 Main St. will be open for warming today and Friday until 5 p.m.
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