ARTICLE: “Downtown faith communities offer warming centers for Olympia’s homeless”

3 Churches Coordinate Warming Centers
by Andy Hobbs – The Olympian – December 11, 2015

“Staff from the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter will help run the warming centers. Max Goldsmith, part of the support staff, said many people are exhausted or ill when they arrive.

“‘Sleep deprivation is a big thing on the streets,’ said Goldsmith, adding that without the daytime warming centers, “there’s really no other place to be.”

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“Meg Martin, director of the 37-bed Interfaith Works shelter, said the warming centers fill a critical void and ultimately benefit the entire community. She has long supported more daytime gathering places for the homeless, not just to meet their basic needs, but to help take a burden off downtown Olympia.”

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