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Bozeman Homeless Shelter Closes

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The homeless shelter in Bozeman officially closes for the season.

This winter, David Ayers stayed at the Warming Center for over two months. He found himself homeless after a divorce.

"It allowed me to have a place to go to at night where I could gather my thoughts, sit and relax," said Ayers.

Before staying at the Warming Center, Ayers lived in his car for more than three weeks.

He said finding the Warming Center was a life saver.

"The Warming Center was a godsend because I would otherwise have been in my car during the coldest of nights," said Ayers.

Sara Savage with the Human Resource Development Council, the organization that runs the Warming Center said this year the center saw record numbers. On average, about 30 to 40 guests stayed at the center each night.

"More than 150 different individuals used the center for a place to get out of the cold this season," said Savage.

The center opened on November 15, earlier than anticipated. Savage said that was possible because of the support of the community.

"We had a really positive year in terms of fundraising and we're thrilled about that. The community has been so supportive of the Warming Center," said Savage.

The Warming Center is a temporary place for people to stay while they get back on their feet

As the season comes to an end, Savage said majority of the guests are seeking other living arrangements.

"A lot of guests have chosen to participate in Amos house, which is a six-moth transitional housing program for the homeless," said Savage.

Savage predicts the Warming Center will be open even earlier next year.

The drop-in center is still available for people to stay Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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