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Jefferson County south and central area severe weather shelters open for the winter

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With temperatures dropping and snow in the forecast, the Severe Weather Shelter Network is now in season as of Oct. 1.

The Severe Weather Shelter Network is a Christian nonprofit working to make sure Jefferson County’s homeless are kept warm on freezing nights, through a program in which local churches provide host sites for homeless community members to spend the night, enjoy a hot, homemade meal and some warm conversation. The networks include four host churches on a one-week-a-month rotation. Each network also has a warming site, which serves as a central pick-up location for shelter guests where they can — as the name implies — stay warm as they wait.

The network launched its central program with churches in Lakewood, Golden and Denver almost five years ago and another network in south Jeffco and Littleton a year later. It is in the process of creating one in the Arvada area, which is expected to open in December.

The network mobilizes volunteers to serve when the overnight temperature drops below 32 degrees with wet conditions and below 25 degrees with dry conditions.

The South and Central networks will open through the end of April.

To volunteer or for more information, visit swshelternetwork.com.

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