Cold Weather Shelter

Hibben United Methodist Church is the only East Cooper church that offers a cold weather shelter to those in need during extremely cold nights.  The Christian Life and Learning Center (CLLC) is set up with cots for men with a separate sleeping area for women. Guests are offered:

  • home cooked dinners
  • safe, warm place to sleep
  • showers
  • hot breakfasts
  • transportation to and from the church from downtown pick-up locations

The decision to open the shelter is made two days in advance of possible cold weather. The shelter will be open when The Weather Channel predicts low temperatures to be below 34 degrees. On nights when the shelter is open, doors will open at approximately 7:15 p.m. Guests must leave by 7 am the next morning so that Hibben may prepare for the school day. No guests will be accepted after 11 p.m. unless brought by the MPPD, other agencies, or due to special circumstances and advance arrangements have been made. The Hibben bus will start downtown pick up about 6:55 p.m. at Huger Street across from Taco Boy. It will then proceed to the Main Library on Calhoun Street and Marion Square at King Street before returning to Hibben about 8:00pm. Guests will be returned to the Downtown area the next morning. The bus will make as many trips as necessary to pick up all of the guests waiting at these listed locations.

Hibben’s Shelter ministry is supported by several other area churches with dedicated volunteers as well as local businesses who generously donate food and other goods.  The Shelter ministry gratefully acknowledges the Rotary Club for their continuous sponsorship which enables these services to our community members in need. If you would like to make a monetary donation please visit Hibben’s giving page.

If you are interested in finding out more, or volunteering at the shelter, please email shelter directors Ron and Cecil at You may also visit our Facebook Page @hibbenumc for more detailed updates and to find out when the shelter will be open.

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