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Oklahoma City shelters offer warmth, rest during cold weather

Oklahoma City shelters have capacity for about 200 people.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON Jsutton@opubco.com Published: November 21, 2013
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People looking for shelter from the cold have several options in Oklahoma City as temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s and 30s this weekend.

The American Red Cross recommends wearing warm, loose-fitting clothing in layers to prevent hypothermia and frostbite and staying inside if possible.

There are seven homeless shelters in the city, and each has a different contingency plan for winter weather, said Dan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless Alliance.

He said when the weather gets bad enough the shelters open their doors and provide meals and a place to sleep. The weather this weekend should qualify, he said.

The Homeless Alliance is a nonprofit working to end homelessness in the city and provides meals, counseling and medical treatment for those in need.

Straughan said the alliance also helps coordinate the efforts of the shelters to ensure everyone who needs a place to stay has one. The combined capacity of the shelters is about 200, he said, and there has never been a shortage of space in cold weather conditions.

The “Big Four” shelters, City Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army, Jesus House and Grace Rescue Mission, handle the majority of the needs in the city, Straughan said.

Only City Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army can accommodate families with children.


Shelters

• City Rescue Mission: 800 W California Ave.

• The Salvation Army: 516 S Hudson Ave.

• Jesus House: 1335 W Sheridan Ave.

• Grace Rescue Mission: 2205 Exchange Ave.

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