City of Dover Warming and Cooling Centers

City of Dover Warming and Cooling Centers

With forecast of extended period of life-threatening cold weather, Tri-City warming center to open Thursday, Jan. 28


The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Warming Center, located at 30 Willand Drive in Somersworth, will open its doors tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., as extreme cold weather moves into the area. The warming center will remain open until 8 a.m. Friday, and then open again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day.

The Emergency Management Directors of Dover, Rochester and Somersworth are activating the warming center due to a forecast of extended, life-threatening cold temperatures that will likely diminish the availability of existing shelter space over the next several days. 

While open, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and SOS Recovery Community Organization will provide staffing. In addition, the warming center is seeking volunteers each day. Volunteers can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4aa9ac22a1fc1-volunteers.

Partners and municipalities are asked to help transport at-risk or unsheltered clients to the warming center when possible. COAST Bus has agreed to transport anyone on their way to the warming center to the closest bus stops at no cost. On Bus Route 1, the nearest stop is the Holy Trinity Church at 404 High St. in Somersworth. On Bus Route 12, the closest stop is Key Buick GMC of Somersworth, located at 155 Route 108 in Somersworth. Please note: COAST Bus does not operate on Sunday. During this activation, the warming center will be unable to transport clients to or from the center.

Those seeking to warm up may arrive anytime between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. during the activation period. Referrals or reservations are not required. COVID-19 coronavirus precautions are in place, including hand hygiene, social distancing, and required masking. Cots are available at the warming center; however, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, no evening meals will be provided. Donations are not being accepted at this time

More information about the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Warming Center can be found at a new online resource, https://www.facebook.com/warmingcenterofsc. The Warming Center can also be reached at 1-857-323-0388.

About the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Warming Center

The warming center is a partnership of the cities of Dover, Somersworth and Rochester to establish an alternative location for a regional warming center to accommodate social distancing and other challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Dover purchased the property and equipment for the warming center in December through a New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority grant made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Strafford County is providing grant monies to help cover the cost of staffing the warming center during life-threatening weather conditions.

Need emergency assistance?

The City's Public Welfare Department is available to coordinate services for those who need and want emergency assistance, including shelter, food and medical care.

The Public Welfare Department offices at the McConnell Center are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and can be reached by phone at 603-516-6500. For after-hours emergency needs, the public welfare program also remains accessible simply by calling 603-742-4646 or visiting the police or fire stations to request assistance. P0olice and fire personnel are trained emergency responders and will notify and coordinate with the City's public welfare providers, day or night, getting assistance to those who truly want help. This assistance can include finding available shelter space, day or night, along with transportation, if needed.