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Missoula homeless shelter temporarily closed due to plumbing issue

Posted: 2:33 PM, May 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-08 21:55:56-04

MISSOULA – Missoula’s homeless shelter is temporarily closed due to a “significant” plumbing failure that impacted the kitchen, men’s dormitory and some storage spaces.

According to a news release posted, officials say for the safety of their clients and to allow for repair and cleaning of impacted areas the Poverello Center is temporarily closed.

The shelter will re-open at 8:45 p.m. for normal check-in time. The kitchen is expected to be closed until Friday.

“The safety of our clients is a top priority for the Poverello Center,” said Amy Allison Thompson, the Executive Director of the Poverello Center. “Once the issue was recognized our staff worked quickly to clear the affected areas and began to assess damage.”

The Poverello Center’s kitchen, which serves 400 to 500 meals a day, will be closed until Friday, May 10 and possibly longer.

Poverello Center Interior
The Poverello Center on West Broadway in Missoula. (MTN News photo)

The Poverello staff are working with community partners, including the Missoula Food Bank, to make a plan for how to continue to serve meals to our clients during the closure.

The plumbing issue resulted in Poverello losing all of their food supplies and will eventually need food donations but ask community members to wait until the kitchen re-opens to bring in those donations.

“The Poverello Center is working with a professional remediation company to clean up this plumbing issue.” added Allison Thompson. “I am confident that we will quickly be able to return to being safe and clean space to providing food and shelter to Missoulians experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.”

In order to meet the food needs of the Poverello’s our clients for the next couple of days about 3,500 sack lunches will need to be made.

First United Methodist Church at 300 East Main Street will be allowing the Poverello Center to use their commercial kitchen to make lunches.

Volunteers are needed on Thursday and Friday to assemble sack lunches. Click here to sign up for volunteer shifts: Food donations are also needed to make these lunches.

The following donations can be delivered to First United Methodist Church between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday:

  • Bread
  • Sandwich Meat
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Granola Bars
  • Single serving packaged chips
  • Bottled water
  • Apples, Oranges and Bananas
  • Plastic Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Plastic grocery bags or paper lunch bags