The Hibben Cold Shelter is now Hibben Hospitality! From March through October, Hibben will open to community members in need the third Saturday of the month. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will be given a hot meal, a sack lunch to take, and offered showers, haircuts, health screenings and clothes from our closet. Under this new banner, Hibben will continue to provide the same services as always during the winter months.
The Hibben bus will pick up guests downtown starting at 10:30, running the normal route. Starting at Huger Street across from Taco Boy, it will then proceed to the Main Library on Calhoun Street and Marion Square at King Street, repeating as needed. Return trips are provided.
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
- 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. following the route listed above, 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 Hospitality 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 director Cecil at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our Facebook Page @hibbenumc for more detailed updates and to find out when the shelter will be open.