Warming Souls Winter Shelter to be open all day Sunday

01/03/2014 4:00 PM

01/06/2014 12:40 AM

A Wichita shelter for the homeless will stay open all day Sunday, Inter-Faith Ministries said Friday.

The ministry’s Warming Souls Winter Shelter for homeless men and women usually closes during the day. It will stay open because of bitterly cold weather in the forecast, Interfaith said in a statement.

The high Sunday is forecast to be 16 and the low could drop below zero, forecasters have said.

“Typically the Winter Shelter operates only at night, closing around 7 each morning,” Anne Corriston, executive director of Inter-Faith Ministries, said in the statement.

“Most of our guests spend the day working, looking for work, or seeking assistance at area social service agencies. However, since so many local agencies are closed on Sunday we have decided to keep the shelter open all day because exposure during this extreme cold could be fatal.”

Warming Souls Winter Shelter provides a place to sleep for people who have nowhere else to stay. It operates from Nov. 1 through March 31 each year.

The men’s shelter is at 841 N. Market in the Inter-Faith Spiritual Center. The women’s shelter is at 841 N. Broadway, site of the Ti’ Wiconi Safe Haven, the statement said.

From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, the shelter provided 5,101 bed nights for men and women, the statement said.

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