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Bozeman's Warming Center Opening Friday

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BOZEMAN -

With overnight lows in Bozeman expected to dip down into the teens this weekend, the Warming Center in Bozeman couldn't open at a better time.

The Warming Center is Bozeman's only homeless shelter, open only during the winter months.

The shelter is at the corner of Griffin and Industrial Drive.

Generous donations allow the center to open Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule.

The HRDC Housing First Program Manager, Sara Savage, said that's thanks to a successful fundraising campaign. 

"We are really excited to be opening the warming center early," said Savage. "We had set a goal we needed to raise just over half of what it would cost to operate the center for the season."

It takes just under $100,000 to operate for a season, so the Warming Center needed to raise $50,000 before it could open.

"Thanks to hundreds of community donations we were able to meet and surpass that goal," said Savage.

The Warming Center hoped to reach that goal and open December 1.  This year the shelter plans to operate November 15 to March 31.

Last year 130 people used the Warming Center.

But, there is no way of knowing how many people will walk through the doors in the first weekend.

"It's hard to know until word gets out to folks out in the community," said Savage. "I know we will probably see several folks excited we opened our doors on the first night."

Savage said the Warming Center was able to open November 15 last year as well.

"We're so thankful to the Bozeman community for coming forward and helping us and making a statement about how important homelessness is in our community," said Savage.

The Warming Center will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The shelter still needs to raise about $50,000 to stay open until March 31.

If you would like to donate, go to the HRDC website, or you can mail your donation to 32 South Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715.

 

 

 

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