House of Charity to stay open 24/7 during winter storm

House of Charity to stay open 24/7 during winter storm

The House of Charity homeless shelter in downtown Spokane has announced it will stay open 24/7 during a winter storm that has already brought more than a foot of snow to the Spokane area.

In a release Tuesday morning, the shelter said, “the House of Charity will remain open to the most vulnerable individuals in our community throughout the day rather than closing at 12pm.”

House of Charity said it’s concerned for people with wheelchairs and walkers. It’s also leaving its doors open during the night to allow people a place to stay warm and dry.

“One of the biggest problems among the homeless population would be keeping their feet warm and dry. We see a big increase in frostbite, and foot rot, and all that kind of stuff from just not having warm shoes and a way to keep their feet warm,” said Cassandra Tuttle, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington.

Organizers said the move is an effort to serve those with mobility issues who are unable to get around in the heavy snow.

The House of Charity added, “Although the snow has created challenges, all of the House of Charity community volunteers still arrived for their scheduled volunteer shift. We are incredibly grateful for all of volunteers who make our work possible.”

The shelter serves men and women over the age of 18. In summer 2018, the House of Charity ended its 24-hour operations and shifted to a 7:30 a.m. to noon schedule.

House of Charity said it’s not sure yet if it will be open all hours for Wednesday. The shelter will see how Tuesday night goes, as well as evaluate weather in the morning.

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