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Open house held as Missoula Emergency Winter Shelter prepares to open

Johnson Street Shelter Open House
Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-31 10:29:28-04

MISSOULA - Leaders with the Poverello Center hosted an open house on Thursday evening ahead of the opening of the Emergency Winter Shelter at the Johnson Street Community Center.

The event provided an opportunity for people to come in, see the space, and ask questions before the shelter opens its doors on Oct. 31.

Despite the closing of the Authorized Camping Site on Clark Fork Lane earlier this month, leaders with the Poverello Center say they're confident in the ability to temporarily house, feed, and refer anyone in need during the winter months.

Leaders noted that it takes a collaborative effort between the Poverello Center and organizations across the state to help those in need.

“In this space, we’re able to remove many of the barriers somebody might experience when trying to access shelter. So, we’re able to serve more people, a broader spectrum of people with different needs," explained Poverello Center Director of Shelter Services Clair Bopp.

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