Salvation Army in La Crosse plans for winter shelter

As the temperatures drop, a new plan is in place for a warming shelter in La Crosse.

The Salvation Army’s warming shelter will create a warming service, which is separate from other homeless shelter functions for the downtown shelter.

The space will be open from 10 in the evening until 7:30 in the morning.

And if the temperature drops to a level that frostbite can happen in 30 minutes, or there is a large snowstorm, the gym will be opened continuously.

The change was needed to maintain organization for an important community resource.

“Once we have such a large influx of individuals in the shelter, it’s hard to control flow, where people are going, which parts of the shelter [they] have access to,” said Krista Coey, Salvation Army of La Crosse County Director of Social Services.

Shelter staff says that they expect about 14 people per night to use the service.

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