PRESS RELEASE 3/1/17
DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY KEEPS THE EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER OPEN
The Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center is thrilled to announce that, due to the generosity of many members of our coastal community, we were able to reopen the Extreme Weather Shelter (EWS) on Monday night. While we had hoped to keep the EWS open last weekend, we were forced to close it because all EWS funds were expended. We have now reopened thanks to these donations.
The EWS provides food and a place to sleep for those who are homeless when the temperature is below 40 degrees and/or the probability of rain is greater than 30%. When open, the EWS has sheltered between 10 and 25 persons per night during extreme weather conditions. Between November 15th and February 27th, the shelter was open 86 nights and served 132 individuals. The very wet, cold winter has required the EWS to be open more often this season than in past years.
Operating funds for the EWS come from private donations and the County. On top of that, MCHC is most grateful to the area's Faith Community who donate shelter space throughout the EWS season (from November15, 2016 - April 15, 2017).
As a result of these substantial gifts from our community, the EWS is able to remain open to those in need of a meal and shelter during our cold and rainy nights. MCHC is thankful for our compassionate and generous community. If you would like to make a donation to help keep the Extreme Weather Shelter open, please make your check payable to the Mayor’s Fund and mail it to P.O. Box 2859, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Any donations remaining in the Mayor’s Fund after closure of the EWS in April will be carried forward for next winter’s EWS.