Warming shelters fill up in face of Ice Storm Warnings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Shelters around the Lowcountry are opening up in the face of cold temperatures moving into the Lowcountry and two of them are already full.

According to Charleston County officials, the two Crisis Ministries locations downtown and in Summerville are both at capacity.

Winter Storm Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings are in effect from noon Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Many of these warming centers are courtesy of the venues teaming up with Trident United Way. Dial 2-1-1 or 744-4357 for more information and access to more community resources.

Mount Pleasant

Emergency shelter is being offered at Hibben United Methodist Church at 690 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. Doors are open from 7 p.m. and guests are invited to stay until 7 a.m. the next morning. The shelter will be available through Thursday night. They ask that no pets be brought to the shelter.

Unity Baptist Church at 950 Whipple Road is opening their doors as a warming shelter Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Representatives said they have a separate area for children and women along with cribs for babies. They will be open at 6 p.m. until 9 a.m.

Unity Baptist representatives said they will provide coffee and hot chocolate but will not provide food. There will also be security at the church courtesy of Mt. Pleasant police.

North Charleston

The Charleston County Detention Center will be providing shelter for the homeless at its work camp facility on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston. It's open from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. through Friday morning.

Deputies will not be doing background checks. Anyone can come and spend the night.{} They will have beds, showers, food and medical staff on site.

CARTA will provide free transportation to the CCSO work camp warming shelter.CARTA buses will make a constant loop at the following locations throughout the night.{}{} {}Meeting and Columbus {}{} {}Meeting and Lee{}{} {}Meeting and John near the visitor's center{}{} {}The Carta bus stop on Spring St near the McDonalds (230 Spring St){}{} {}Across the street from TriCounty Family Ministries (3349 Rivers Ave, North Charleston){}{} {}The Carta bus stops surrounding Goodwill on Rivers (6607 Rivers Ave, North Charleston)


The Hope Assembly of God at 633 King Street has opened their doors for the homeless and others who need shelter. They are asking for towels and blanket donations.

Charleston County Government is coordinating with Durham Transportation to arrange for pick-up and transfer to area warming centers. The service will begin at 3:00 p.m. today. Service will be provided until the roadways are no longer safe for travel.

  • Riders will be transported to the closest available "Warming Center".{} {}{}
  • Citizen's with special needs may request transportation assistance by calling The Charleston County Citizen's Information Line:{} 843-746-3900 (English) 843-746-3909 (Spanish)
Colleton CountyColleton County officials say{}Colleton Middle School is opening as a warming shelter for those without heat, shelter or power.

Transportation Pickup Point Locations


Charleston Progressive School - 382 Meeting StreetBurke High School - 244 President Street

North Charleston

CARTA Facility Cosgrove and Rivers Avenue

West of the Ashley

Kmart Shopping Center - 1535 Savannah HighwayFirst Assembly of God - 2957 Savannah Highway{}{}

East of the Cooper

Seewee Outpost - 4853 Highway 17 North{} Town Center (Belk) - 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive Charleston County has also activated the Charleston County Citizen's information line to answer questions related to the weather: 843-746-3900 (English) 843-746-3909 (Spanish)


Antioch Community Ministries at 1250 Central Ave. is opening a small warming center but no beds are available. Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. The shelter will be available until Friday at 9 a.m. Call 875-2518 for more information.


The Red Cross warming shelter in Bluffton will open today at 4p.m. and remain open until Thursday morning if needed.{} The shelter will be located at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church at 10 Simmonsville Road.


The Red Cross has also partnered with Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady's Island to open a shelter at that church at 81 Lady's Island Drive today at 4p.m. That shelter will remain open until Thursday morning if needed.


The Red Cross warming shelter in Walterboro will open at 5p.m today and remain open until Thursday morning if needed. That shelter will be located at Colleton Middle School at 1379 Tuskegee Airman Drive.


If you know of other shelters being offered, let us know by calling 843-849-3575 or sending us an email at






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