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Wichita overflow shelter for homeless to open Sunday for winter

Inter-Faith Inn executive director Anne Corriston outside the main shelter near Broadway and Central. (Nov. 26, 2014)
Inter-Faith Inn executive director Anne Corriston outside the main shelter near Broadway and Central. (Nov. 26, 2014) File photo

The Warming Souls Winter Shelter for the homeless opens Sunday and will remain open through March 31.

The emergency shelter provided by Inter-Faith Ministries is often called an overflow shelter and typically houses more than 600 men and women over five months.

Inter-Faith has faced unexpected repairs on the 106-year-old building that houses the men’s shelter at 841 N. Market. While work was being done on the gutters, some structural problems were discovered, such as loose bricks and windowsills. The repair work was completed but it was unbudgeted, according to a news release from Inter-Faith.

“We had no choice but to make the repairs before the start of winter season, but we still need to raise another $5,000 to pay for them,” said Anne Corriston, executive director of Inter-Faith Ministries, in the release.

A crowdfunding campaign has been started on youcaring.com.

“Warming Souls provides a warm, dry, safe place for men and women who might otherwise have nowhere to sleep at night during the coldest months of the year,” Corriston said. “We wish we had room for everyone who needs a place to stay in our year-round shelters, but at least we can be sure no one freezes in the winter because of the lack of shelter.”

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