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Carbondale Warming Center is honored for their work in helping the vulnerable population of Carbondale.

The work of the Carbondale Warming Center for helping those who are vulnerable was recognized Friday by the Southern Illinois Chapter of the United Nations Association. Board member Cindy Buys says the Warming Center fills a big need in the city.

"Before the warming center was created, people were spending the night at the Gaia house and local community members were bringing in pizzas and things, so we needed that kind of permanent presence that the Carbondale warming center brings to our community."

Warming Center Executive Director Carmalita Cahill is grateful to be recognized, for the basic work they do.

"Absolutely honored and humbled. One of the things that we deem in that we root ourselves in, is humanity dignity and empathy."

The Warming Center was formed in 2017 and is located at 608 East College Street in Carbondale.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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