Warming shelter opens in county jail

OlyCAP shelter open 24 hours


The lobby of the Jefferson County Jail will be open as a warming center Feb. 6.

The jail is located at 81 Elkins Rd., Port Hadlock.

The Jefferson County Emergency Shelter at the American Legion, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend will remain available 24 hours a day on Feb. 6 and continuously while temperatures are below 35 degrees.

“We have been open since Saturday at 4 p.m., and we haven’t closed at all,” said Mike Johnson, director of the OlyCAP shelter. “We will stay that way until I see temperatures go above 35 degrees.”

The shelter normally can house a total of 34 people ages 18 and older, with 12 women’s beds, 20 men’s beds and two sick rooms. But with temperatures remaining below freezing for the foreseeable future, it will remain open for services 24/7 until the temperatures rise to safe outdoor levels.

“I open the door to anyone who is nonviolent,” Johnson said. “Anyone that wants to donate food to help out, we would be glad to take in meals.”

Warm beverages, showers and a safe space will be provided, he said.


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Tom Camfield

What price a human life? Some people care, as indicated by this article. Hopefully some donations to that winter shelter at the Legion (to JC Emergency Shelter at the Legion post's address above) will be forthcoming.

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