Temperatures are already falling and those without homes will soon be looking for a warm place to sleep at night. Fortunately for those with nowhere else to go the Salvation Army Lighthouse shelter opens on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The cold weather shelter can accomodate 16 people, 12 men and four women.
David Byers, the local Salvation Army’s Community Services Director said things will be operating much the same as they have in previous years with the shelter’s doors opening at 6:30 p.m. each evening and closing for the day at 8:30 a.m. the following morning. Dinner and breakfast are served at the shelter.
The shelter will be open until the spring.
Byers said the Salvation Army will be undertaking several major efforts to supply the needs of the emergency shelter including the annual Halloween food drive and the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk which will be in Febuary.
Along with funds and canned goods for the food bank, Byers said there are a few items the Salvation Army is seriously in need of. He said underarm deodorant is needed as well as warm socks and gloves. He said they are fairly well stocked with clothes but more underwear, warm winter coats long johns and clothing well suited for layering up against the cold weather could be put to good use.
Byers added that protein intake is especially important this time of year for keeping people warm. He said donations of items such as canned beans, meat and fish are greatly appreciated this time of year.