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CCJ, Salvation Army offer day, evening shelter throughout storm

This Dec. 15, 2016, photo shows beds set up at the Staggered Straight Homeless Shelter on Madison Avenue in Prescott. With temperatures below freezing and snow continuing to accumulate, with predictions of more over the next two days, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Salvation Army are opening their doors for daytime and night shelter to assure the community’s most vulnerable have a safe place to go. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

This Dec. 15, 2016, photo shows beds set up at the Staggered Straight Homeless Shelter on Madison Avenue in Prescott. With temperatures below freezing and snow continuing to accumulate, with predictions of more over the next two days, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Salvation Army are opening their doors for daytime and night shelter to assure the community’s most vulnerable have a safe place to go. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

With temperatures below freezing and snow continuing to accumulate, with predictions of more over the next two days, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Salvation Army are opening their doors for daytime and night shelter to assure the community’s most vulnerable have a safe place to go.

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The Coalition for Compassion and Justice can be reached at 928-445-8382; the Salvation Army can be reached at 928-778-0150.

At about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice’ Stagger Straight shelter at 531 Madison Ave. in Prescott was occupied by about 45 people with nowhere else to stay warm. The shelter planned to serve a meal at the Daily Bread Café at its normal times — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — for anyone in need.

The Daily Bread Café typically serves between 85 and 100 people each day.

Throughout the day and evening between Thursday and Saturday, CCJ Executive Director Jessi Hans said staff will be available to serve coffee and have board games and activities to help keep people occupied and safe during the daytime hours as long as the storm persists.

The shelter is typically open between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The Prescott police have provided assistance by advising anyone they know who camps, or sleeps, outdoors regularly to go to the shelter for their own safety, Hans said. She said the police have gone so far as to arrange rides for individuals so they can get to either CCJ or the Salvation Army’s shelter.

Even folks who may have their own accommodations, such as a RV or mobile home, are welcome to come to the shelter if they have issues adequate heat or ability to cook, Hans said.

CCJ is equipped for shelter beds for up to about 45 people, but Hans said in this emergency situation they will make sure there are suitable accommodations for all who are in need.

At the Salvation Army at 237 S. Montezuma St., about 35 people arrived at the facility for breakfast at 8 a.m. and the center will remain open through the day and into the evening, with an evening meal to be served at 7 p.m. A few hours later, attendant Brian Myers said they had about 15 people seeking shelter from the storm. Like CCJ, the Salvation Army will remain open a day time warming center and an evening shelter as long as the temperature is below freezing, Myers said.

“We want people out of the cold so no one dies, which is a real threat,” Hans declared.

Editors note: the story was changed by correcting the day in the second graph from Friday to Thursday

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