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With cold weather coming, Salvation Army reopens Rock Hill shelter

Nicole Bailey, 44, sits on her cot at the Renew Our Community shelter last Wednesday. She said she’s been unable to find work because of her arrest record, so she can’t afford steady housing.
Nicole Bailey, 44, sits on her cot at the Renew Our Community shelter last Wednesday. She said she’s been unable to find work because of her arrest record, so she can’t afford steady housing. FILE

With unseasonably cold temperatures moving in this weekend, the Salvation Army is offering women and children in need a warm place to go.

The Salvation Army of York, Lancaster and Chester Counties is reopening its warming center for four days, on nights when temperatures could dip close to freezing or below.

The shelter at 119 S. Charlotte Ave. will reopen Thursday night and continue to operate until Sunday. The shelter will provide a warm place to sleep while also helping those in need find better housing options.

The decision to reopen the warming shelter comes as Rock Hill temperatures are projected to drop into the 30s overnight for the new few days. The low on Saturday is expected to be a chilly 28 degrees, according to the AccuWeather forecasting service.

Persistent cold weather has led Renew Our Community to keep up a temporary shelter for the homeless behind their East White Street service center, even after the city and county have asked them to take it down.

ROC founder Dale Dove said a meeting with city officials and the Salvation Army on Monday will allow that shelter to stay open for at least “several more days” while the area dips back into winter temperatures.

Salvation Army’s annual warming shelter was in operation from Nov. 13 until March 20, when it closed down for the season.

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Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome

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