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Renton Offers Shelter In Case of Cold Weather

December 1, 2011

For more information contact:
Terry Higashiyama,
Community Services Administrator, 425-430-6606
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Shelters provide safety, confidentiality, and separate areas for men, women and children. Drop-ins welcome.

RENTON, WA: The City of Renton, Catholic Community Services, and Harambee Church have partnered to provide a shelter that will be activated during cold weather. The city has budgeted $10,000 to operate the shelter in the coming months. The cold weather shelter is located at Harambee Church, 316 South 3rd Street in Renton. When activated, the shelter will be open 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. To determine if the shelter will be open, call 425-430-6600.

Catholic Community Services will provide staff to supervise the shelter at night. Catholic Community Services oversees the ARISE men’s homeless shelter in Renton and has operated the cold weather shelters in Kent and Bellevue. Harambee Church is providing the facility and volunteers to assist the staff and will prepare meals (dinner and breakfast) for guests. Everyone staying at the cold weather shelter will be provided a cot and a blanket. There are separate safe areas for men, women, and families. The city will attempt to notify the community via the city’s website, email, and flyers when the shelter is open.

The cold weather shelter will be operated on a first come, first served basis. People seeking shelter from the cold can enter anytime during the night, as long as space is available. No referrals are necessary and drop-ins are welcome. No alcohol, drugs, or weapons are allowed. The shelter is safe and confidential. If you would like to volunteer, contact John Prince at Harambee Church, John@somacommunities.org.

If the shelter is activated, information and details will be provided on the city’s emergency services page at rentonwa.gov, or call the City of Renton Community Services Department at 425-430-6600.