A winter warming center that will serve the homeless and unsheltered is set to open Wednesday at The United Churches in Olympia.
Danny Kadden, executive director of the multifaith group Interfaith Works, appeared before Lacey City Council on Thursday to update the council on the status of the center.
The center needs $80,000. According to Kadden’s data, it so far has received $17,200 from the city of Olympia and $15,600 from the city of Lacey. The city of Tumwater is expected to approve $7,200 in funding Tuesday, followed by Thurston County commissioners, who are expected to approve $40,000 in funding Nov. 8.
The funding amounts are proportionate to each jurisdiction’s population.
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Kadden also offered thanks to the council.
“We pledge to work with you to create a system that is well coordinated, and that is efficient and not duplicative, and that reflects equity among the intergovernmental partners,” he said.
Although Interfaith Works’ goal is to find one location for the center that is open seven days a week, it will initially be open five days a week and alternate between two downtown Olympia locations: The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE, and First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE.
Beginning Wednesday, The United Churches will host the center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while First Christian Church will host the center 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.