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The Winter Nomadic Homeless Shelter has opened. It runs seven nights a week, from Nov. 1 through March 31. It is a rotating shelter in that it moves to a different location each night.
The people using the shelter check in at Mercy Way Rescue Church at 1750 Broadway in Placerville, next to the Taqueria, at 5:30 p.m. each night. They are given a sleeping bag and a mat. At 6 p.m. the bus transports them to the shelter location for that night. Shelter guests are encouraged to eat dinner at the Upper Room before they check in for the night’s shelter. There are eight churches participating in the winter shelter program this year. Most of them are host sites and the others send their volunteers to a host site for the night. The churches participating are Green Valley Community Church, Cold Springs Community Church, Solid Rock Faith Center, Church of the Nazarene, First United Methodist Church, Federated Church, Cameron Park Christian, New Hope Fellowship Church, and the non-profit Christ Like Services.
The shelter nights are run by wonderful volunteers. The shelters provide men and women a safe, warm, dry place to spend the night. There are snacks, games, movies and companionship. If you or your organization or your church would like to be involved in any way, please contact Janis Carney at 530-409-9219 or Mercy Way Rescue at 530-748-3510.