ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – With the frigid nighttime temperatures, an Albuquerque volunteer group is opening warming centers for people on the streets to get a break from the cold. The centers, including one at Mesa Verde Community Center, offer coffee and food along with donated cold-weather clothing and supplies.

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Organizers say this is the first time they are doing this formally and they want to get the word out that the centers are free and available to all. “What I found is some people didn’t quite know what to do with the idea of a warming center,” said Volunteer Coordinator Ilse Biel. “‘What’s that? Who are you?’ I tried to say come in and get warm because they were frozen outside.”

People can find out when and where the warming centers are set up by calling 311.