MISSOULA – Starting Thursday night, the Poverello Center will be using the Salvation Army to sleep up to 50 of their residents while their basement continues to undergo repairs.
On May 8, Missoula’s homeless shelter experienced a serious plumbing failure that caused significant damage to their soup kitchen and men’s dorm room.
Pov officials say they need to close their entire basement while remediation continues over the next two weeks.
The basement houses most of their laundry facilities, the main men’s bathroom and most of the lockers their clients use.
So while repairs are being made, the Salvation Army will be a second facility for overnight residency.
The Pov says they hope to have the repairs complete by June 7, but say it’s possible it could take longer.
“We have been humbled by the ongoing support we have received from the community, and are especially thankful to the Salvation Army for opening up their space to us,” Allison Thompson, Executive Director at the Poverello Center. “We will have to double our overnight staffing to have clients housed in two different locations and this will put an added financial burden on Poverello Center.”
Donations can be made online or mailed to PO Box 7644, Missoula, MT 59807.