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Lake County to activate cold weather shelters
Dec. 24 – Dec. 26

RELEASE DATE: December 24, 2020

Tavares – With temperatures expected to drop on Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Dec. 26, Lake County will activate shelters for those vulnerable to cold weather.

LifePointe Church, located at 3551 E. Orange Ave. in Eustis, and Trinity Assembly of God, located at 200 Urick St. in Fruitland Park, will open all three nights from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following morning. Masks are required, and the Florida Department of Health will be conducting COVID-19 screening at each shelter as well as offering hepatitis A and flu vaccinations.

    LakeXpress, Lake County’s fixed route transportation service, will provide free transportation to riders who indicate they are traveling to a cold weather shelter. Riders should arrive before the indicated pick-up time.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24
    • Clermont – pick-up times:
      • 4:20 p.m. - FDOT Park and Ride, located at 1995 U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont, for transport to Trinity Assembly of God. LakeXpress driver will alert riders that cold weather shelter transportation has been dispatched for them, and they should stay at the bus pick-up location inside the Park and Ride to await paratransit transportation.
    • Eustis – pick-up times:
      • 4:30 p.m. - Ardice Transfer Center. Riders will be transported by paratransit bus to LifePointe Church.
      • 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. - The Open Door, located at 115 E. Citrus Ave. in Eustis (after Ardice Transfer Center). Riders will be transported by paratransit bus to LifePointe Church.
    • Leesburg – pick-up times:         
      • 5:00 p.m. - Citizens Transfer Center, located near 1321 Citizens Blvd. in Leesburg. Riders will board the Route 1A bus for transport to Trinity Assembly of God.

 

  • Friday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Dec. 26
    • Clermont – pick-up times:
      • 3:30 p.m. – Citrus Tower Boulevard and Highway 27 in Clermont. Riders will be transported to Trinity Assembly of God.
    • Leesburg – pick-up times:
      • 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Come As You Are Ministry, located at 1305 Sunshine Ave. in Leesburg, will transport riders to Trinity Assembly of God.
    • Eustis – pick-up times:
      • 4:45 – 5:00 p.m. – 13 Eustis Street, the public parking lot next to The Open Door, located at 115 E. Citrus Ave. in Eustis. Riders will be transported to LifePointe Church.

 

  • All Three Mornings
    • LifePointe Church, Eustis
      • 6:45 – 7:00 a.m. – Lake County Connection will transport riders back to The Open Door, located at 115 E. Citrus Ave. in Eustis. Location will not be open.
    • Trinity Assembly of God, Fruitland Park:
      • 6:45 – 7:00 a.m. – Lake County Connection will transport riders to the Citizens Transfer Center in Leesburg or the Come As You Are Ministry, located at 1305 Sunshine Ave. in Leesburg. The location may or may not be open.

     Lake County residents who anticipate the need to be sheltered at one of the churches and are unable to be picked up at one of the pre-designated locations during this multi-day event should call Lake County Connection at 352-742-2612 by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 to schedule a time and location for pick-up.

     For more information about preparing for extreme cold weather events, visit www.floridadisaster.org/hazards/extreme-cold. Nonprofit and faith-based organizations that wish to offer sheltering assistance in the future should contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420.

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Lake County media contact:
Samantha Shylkofski
Lead Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
[email protected]

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