EUREKA - The homeless will have much needed help during colder weather as a conditional shelter has just been activated for 2014. Eureka’s “Extreme Weather Winter Shelter” will be available now through March. The shelter is a collaboration between the Eureka Rescue Mission, Redwood Teen Challenge, St. Vincent de Paul, the National Weather Service, Eureka Main Street and the City of Eureka.
This is the fourth year the program has been running. Eighty three times since November of 2011 extreme weather alerts have been issued by the weather service and hundreds have been provided a warm, dry place during difficult conditions. Activation usually occurs when temperatures drop to 32-degrees, 34-degrees if rain is expected or if winds get over 40 miles per hour. When an alert is activated, the shelter is open from 6pm to 6am the next day. It will be located at the Eureka Rescue Mission: 110 2nd Street in Eureka. If for some reason the Mission cannot handle the numbers getting out of the elements, St. Vincent de Paul will help shelter the extra people in need.
Officials are currently seeking monetary donations to help cover staffing costs. If you’d like to donate or find out more information on the program, contact Charlotte McDonald at Eureka Main Street: 707-442-9054.