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Warming Center to open Friday after outpouring of donations

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Nov 14 2013 09:53:33 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman's Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) said the incoming cold weather will create dangerous conditions for the area's homeless.

Luckily, they've received the donations they need just in time to open the Warming Center doors.

The Warming Center is a seasonal shelter to help get Bozeman area homeless off the streets during the cold winter nights.

It offers shelter to anyone- from families with children to single adults.

The Rummage Sale fundraiser last weekend raised around $7,000 for the HRDC, but they sill needed thousands of dollars before they could open.

HRDC Housing Department Director Sara Savage said now they have it.

"This couldn't come at a better time. Our winters are rough here in Montana and this weekend we're going to see single digit temperatures and the result if we weren't able to open our doors is unimaginable," she said. "I wouldn't have wanted to have our homeless out there and risk being in below freezing temperatures."

She said donors turned up to give anywhere from $20 to $10,000.

The Warming Center is slated to open Friday night, and will operate from 7 pm to 7 am daily. It's located at the corner of Griffin and Industrial Drive.

Savage said the HRDC needed at least $50,000 before they could open the Warming Center for the season. Their original plan was to open December 1st, and she wasn't sure they'd make that deadline.

But with the recent donations, she said they raised a total of $56,000.

The HRDC still needs over $45,000 more to keep the center running through the season. To help keep the donations coming, Savage said they have fundraisers set up.

The next one is their 3rd annual Flying Signs Fundraiser. HRDC members and volunteers will stand on street corners on Saturday, November 23rd to collect money for the HRDC.