Rock Hill's new emergency winter shelter was expected to welcome its first guests Wednesday night after getting the go-ahead to open from the Salvation Army.
The so-called warming center is housed in the basement of the local Salvation Army branch on Charlotte Avenue near Dave Lyle Boulevard.
"We hope that anyone cold will be able to come and enjoy an evening of staying warm," said Maj. Cedric McClure, who supervises the branch with his wife, Melody.
Supporters had hoped the center would open by the first or second week of December. But the wait for final approval from corporate offices pushed back the timeline.
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The Salvation Army's main office in Atlanta had to review legal and liability issues before signing off. The center, which could hold up to 48 people, will open on nights when forecasts call for below-freezing temperatures. It is viewed as a temporary solution while the search continues for a permanent shelter with more space.