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Cold-weather shelters to open this week in Bellingham

In this 2008 file photo, Shari Matthews, front, and Rebekah Swanson bring in donated blankets while preparing to open the Interfaith Coalition men’s cold weather shelter. The men’s shelter and a separate one for women and children will open the nights of Nov. 24 and 25, 2015, because of expected freezing weather.
In this 2008 file photo, Shari Matthews, front, and Rebekah Swanson bring in donated blankets while preparing to open the Interfaith Coalition men’s cold weather shelter. The men’s shelter and a separate one for women and children will open the nights of Nov. 24 and 25, 2015, because of expected freezing weather. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

In anticipation of nighttime temperatures in the 20s, Interfaith Coalition is opening its severe-weather shelters for at least Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Nov. 24 and 25, to provide safe places for homeless people.

The men’s shelter is at the Lighthouse Mission Drop-In Center, 1013 W. Holly St., about a block north of the mission. The shelter for women and children is at Garden Street United Methodist Church, at the corner of Garden and Magnolia streets. Shelters open at 5:30 p.m. each day.

The drop-in center also will serve a hot meal for anyone from 4:30 to 5 p.m. both days.

The shelters, which are run by volunteers, could remain open more nights if the weather continues to be well below freezing. Check the shelter hotline at 360-788-7983.

The Bellingham Herald

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