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Now more than double in size, homeless shelter opens for winter

Posted by Adam in Local News, 11/2, 10:13 AM

As daytime high and overnight low temperatures continue to progress downward to unsafe levels into the winter months, Samaritan House shared on Friday evening that its newly expanded Safe and Warm Shelter is open for the season in support of homeless in our community. 

Thanks to recently completed renovations that more than doubled its size, the shelter now contains 25 beds. Last year prior to renovations the shelter had beds that allowed it to safely support 15 clients. 

Any person can attend by coming to the blue door on the East side of the building at 820 Pacific Avenue beginning at xpm. As part of this year’s expansion, hours are now extended through to 9:30am compared to the previous 8am. 

The need for warm and safe overnight shelter at this time of the year is expected to be further exacerbated by a well-below-seasonal coming change in weather pattern with overnight lows for the week ahead forecast to fall as far as minus 18 degrees before factoring in the effects of windchill.

The shelter is to once again this year stay open through the end of March, with Samaritan House saying in a recent social media post that it is committed to working toward a future year-round shelter in the city. 

Also on Friday, Samaritan House announced that thanks to efforts of 130 volunteers and generosity throughout the community its Halloween food drive netted a total of 6034 pounds of food. Those contributions will go towards supporting Food Bank clients including those who require use of the shelter.

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