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During frigid temperatures, at-risk Randolph County citizens have few places to escape the weather during the evening. 

St. Vincent de Paul and United Way of Randolph County started working on a plan for our community. We based our warming shelter on similar programs in Nashville, Memphis, and Columbia, MO, We would work with area churches to provide a warming shelter overnight. Churches would take turns opening their doors to at-risk community members. 

Check out the FAQs for more information. 

The program is in the beginning stages and is working with the City of Moberly to ensure our at-risk citizens have a safe and suitable location(s) throughout the winter months. 

If you would like to help support this effort, please download and fill out the letter below, you can mail it to: United Way of Randolph County PO Box 576, Moberly, MO 65270.


Quick RATI Facts

  • Churches would open doors to provide a warm location during frigid temperatures in the evening.

  • No money is being requested from the City of Moberly or Randolph County.

  • Program would be volunteer driven.


What is the mission of the temporary shelter?
The mission is very simple. To provide a warm, safe place to sleep overnight.

How long will the temporary shelter be open?
The outcome will be determined by the committee, but the short answer is only during frigid temperatures, sometime between late November to early March. We may ultimately decide the shelter is only available when the weather is forecasted to a certain wind chill or temperature.

Where will the shelter be located?
Ideally, the temporary shelter would re-locate on a rotating basis between willing church locations in and around Moberly. Currently, only one church is eligible under the current city guidelines for planning and zoning. We are working with city officials to determine if this can change.

What are the hours of operation?
The final determination will be made by the committee, but loosely, between 7 PM and 7 AM each day.

What kind of staffing will be required?
Ideally one or two women and two men for each shift. We are thinking two six hours shifts per night, so a total of 6-8 people per night.

Are you prepared for folks with special needs, either mental or physical?
Each volunteer will go through special training provided by the Salvation Army to feel equipped to deal with a variety of potential situations.

How will you keep someone from drinking alcohol or doing drugs while in the shelter?
As a stipulation of their stay in the shelter, the guests will relinquish all personal possessions to the staff to be kept in a locked room for the duration. If they need personal items, a staff member will supervise them in retrieving said item(s).

Will the guests be allowed to come and go?
The guests will be allowed one smoke break before “lights out” and will not be allowed to return if they choose to leave shelter. Their cooperation will determine future eligibility of shelter on another night.

What if the guest causes trouble?
Any guest that causes undue stress to other guests or volunteer staff will be ineligible to be hosted a t the shelter for at least 30 days, or more based on the severity of the confrontation.

Will you provide food for the guests?
The mission of the shelter is to provide a warm, safe place to sleep. We may provide a protein bar, bottled water or fruit at check-in or check-out, but food will be a very small part of the mission in order to keep the temporary shelter manageable.

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