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Cold weather triggers ‘code blue’ for increased shelter options in Thurston County

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There is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for helping the homeless. But rather than ignore those living on the streets, use these suggestions to guide your desire to reach out.
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There is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for helping the homeless. But rather than ignore those living on the streets, use these suggestions to guide your desire to reach out.

In response to overnight temperatures that are expected to dip into the mid 20s, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has issued a “code blue” advisory to increase shelter capacity this week through Friday morning.

More beds were made available starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday and will continue overnight Wednesday and Thursday, ending at 7 a.m. Friday, at the Salvation Army, 1505 Fourth Ave. SE.

Other shelter beds:

For single men and women: Union Gospel Mission at 413 Franklin St. NE.

For families with children: Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place at 837 Seventh Ave. SE.

For youth 18-24: Community Youth Services at 711 State Ave. NE.

Donations are needed. Blankets, coffee, creamer, cup of soups and other snacks are welcome. Items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 1505 Fourth Ave. SE, after 7 p.m.

Volunteers also are needed. For more information, go to www.iwshelter.org or email Anna Schlecht at aschlech@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Thurston County’s coordinated entry shelter and housing hotline can be reached at 844-628-7343.

The Hazardous Weather Task Force, a group of county, city, local advocates and nonprofit organizations, developed the code blue model for extremely cold or hazardous weather conditions.

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