Salvation Army to open new warming center in old furniture store

Salvation Army to open new warming center in old furniture store

Since November, three warming centers have been opened to help shelter Spokane’s homeless population from the cold.

Locations at 527 S. Cannon, Salem Lutheran Church, and youth-focused center at Westminster Church all opened in December.

During the January 7 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Lori Kinnear announced a new warming center will soon open at the old National Furniture store location on 213 E Ermina Ave., just off Ruby.

On Tuesday, The Salvation Army announced that the shelter will open on Wednesday, January 9 at 8 p.m. The shelter will be open seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through March 31.

According to The Salvation Army, “Each individual looking to utilize the services of the Warming Center, housed in the former National Furniture building, will check in at the front desk where they will be given a sleeping mat and blanket for the night. Staff and volunteers will be on site in or order to ensure safety of all those looking to keep warm.”

This will be a pet friendly facility, providing that all pets are leashed or crated. If you have questions regarding the warming center, please contact the Program Manager, Gerriann Armstrong, by calling the Warming Center office at (509) 216-2948.

Additionally, The Salvation Army is asking the Spokane community to donate new socks and/or new and used hats, gloves, and warm jackets. Donations for the Warming Center can be brought to The Salvation Army at 222 E. Indiana Ave.

Combined with recent expansions at the three existing centers, the city’s warming center capacity will now be increased by 275 more beds than were available in the fall, according to Kinnear.

Council members hope this will continue to take pressure off shelters like the House of Charity.

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