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Edward "Peel" Coleman Community Center, Refuge of Hope to serve as warming centers in Canton during winter storm

The warming centers will be open from Dec. 22-26.
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CANTON, Ohio — The City of Canton and Refuge of Hope have announced that they will be offering warming centers for those in need during the upcoming winter storm.

SARTA is offering transportation to the centers, and the American Red Cross will provide cots and blankets.  

Starting Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m., the following warming centers will be open to the public: 

The Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center

  • 1400 Sherrick Rd SE, Canton
  • 330-489-3350
  • Masks, cots and blankets will be available
  • Guests must enter using the West door
  • Hours of operation:
    • Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 23 at 8 am
    • Friday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 24 at 8 a.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 26 at 8 a.m.

Refuge of Hope

  • 715 2nd St NE, Canton
  • 330-453-1785 
  • Guests must enter through door #4 (ring bell)
  • Hot beverages and food will be available
  • Hours of operation:
    • Friday, Dec. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (No overnight stay) 
    • Saturday, Dec. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (No overnight stay)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Dec. 21, 2022. 

Anyone who needs transportation to a warming center may use the following:

SARTA Transportation 

  • Those who need transportation to a warming center may access SARTA from any regular stop to the Cornerstone Transit Center on Chery Avenue SE. 
  • Once at the Cornerstone Transit center, utilize route #110 for transportation to the Coleman Community Center. 
  • Please let the bus driver know you are in route to the warming center and there will be no fee. 
  • Return transportation will be provided from the Coleman Community Center to Cornerstone Transit Center on Cherry Ave SE free of charge by utilizing route #110.
  • If transportation is needed when SARTA is not available, please call 330-649-5800 for assistance. 

City of Canton officials noted in a press release that "COVID-19 precautions must be honored, such as masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing. 

Any Canton residents who need assistance during the winter storm are encouraged to call 911.

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