Bellingham shelters extend hours to help homeless through cold snap

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 5, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Severe weather shelters run by the Interfaith Coalition will remain open at least through the weekend and the Lighthouse Mission's Drop-in Center has extended its hours as both agencies try to help the homeless during freezing weather.

Interfaith runs a men's shelter at Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 McLeod Road., and a women's and children's shelter at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Both are open 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Rides are available 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rainbow Center, 209 W. Holly, and Church on the Street, 901 W. Holly.

The drop-in center at 1013 W. Holly St. will open four hours early, at 8 a.m., to match the closing time of Interfaith's shelter. It's open until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lighthouse Mission's men and women's cold weather shelter is open from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the main building, 910 W. Holly. On the weekends, the Mission's chapel is open, allowing people to get out of the cold.

Interfaith's severe weather shelter hotline, 360-788-7983, is updated daily when the shelters are open. Lighthouse Mission is at 360-733-5120 or thelighthousemission.org.

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