South Sound shelters add beds as it gets colder

Dec. 07—Cold-weather shelters are available as winterlike temperatures hit the South Sound. High temperatures in the Olympia area are expected to hover below freezing through the weekend, with low temperatures barely into the low teens.

The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter Olympia, 808 Fifth Ave. SE, is expanding its capacity to 50 beds. The shelter opens at 9 p.m. when the temperatures fall to 38 degrees or lower. Adult males and females are accepted, but not children.

The Family Support Shelter for Thurston County, 201 Capitol Way N., serves women and children. The shelter has expanded its cold-weather capacity to 30 beds. When demand exceeds the supply of beds, the shelter will provide bus passes to shelters in Aberdeen, Shelton, Centralia and Tacoma.

Screening for families is available via the shelter’ s hotline at 360-754-9297, ext. 208. After 5 p.m., clients can call 360-628-7343.

For single adults, the SideWalk advocacy center is the main intake agency for finding shelter. The center is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday at 1139 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Call 360-515-5587 or 360-515-5620.

Tenino has opened a warming center at the food bank, 299 E. Suffix Ave. To learn more, call 360-264-5505.

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