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This just in from Clayton County:

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with Clayton County Public Schools, opens a warming station for those in need due to anticipated inclement weather and freezing temperatures. Doors will open at the temporary warming station located at Sequoyah Middle School, 95 Valley Hill Rd., Riverdale, GA 30274 on Friday, December 23, 2022, at noon. The temporary warming station will remain open until Monday, December 26, 2022, at noon.


Sequoyah Middle School
95 Valley Hill Road

MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/Qwo42h8GqyQMB5Hp9

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MARTA Bus 197 trip planner from Southlake Mall:


MARTA Bus 197 route/schedule:


12 noon, Friday Dec. 23

12 noon, Monday, Dec. 26

TO VOLUNTEER: Call Drew Andrews at (678) 628-6525

“We have a responsibility to care for all Clayton County citizens, especially our displaced and homeless population, ” said Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeffrey E. Turner.” Securing a warming station for those in need is something that should never be taken for granted. We are committed to providing this resource to assist those in need during what is anticipated to be one of the coldest days of the year.”

Cots and blankets will be provided. For more information, or to volunteer at the temporary warming shelter, contact (678) 628-6525.

“We’re looking for people to share some of their time in two- or four-hour blocks,” Andrews told The Clayton Crescent. “If people have access to any hygiene kits, things that people who are experiencing homelessness would need, that would be helpful. We’ll be open 24 hours, so we need some people to work evenings and nights. People can volunteer as couples, husband and wife, or family members. We need four to six people per shift, as far as volunteers, helping with those who are our guests. If we’re setting up cots, food, probably help with serving food—just making sure that out guests are comfortable.”

Sequoyah Middle School is on Valley Hill Rod between Jonathan Road and Rivercrest Drive in Riverdale.

How to get there

You can find out how to get to the warming shelter by clicking here and entering your current address in the upper left-hand blank on Google Maps.


You also can catch the 197 bus from Southlake Mall in Morrow, which is about a 14-minute ride to the school on Valley Hill Road. Check departure times and frequencies over the holiday weekend.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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