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Homeless shelters expand hours due to weather concerns

Homeless shelters expand hours due to weather concerns{ }

With potentially dangerous temperatures on the way, several homeless shelters in northern Michigan are coming together to help those who need a warm place to stay over the next couple of days.

Safe Harbor, the Jubilee House, and Central United Methodist Church are joining forces and expanding their hours.

Rather than just one of the locations staying open all throughout the next two days, volunteers at each location are stepping up to close time gaps.

This way, those experiencing homelessness will have a place to go over the next 48 hours.

"Safe Harbor's mission has always been to keep people from freezing to death, that's our main goal," said Mike McDonald, the Safe Harbor Chairperson. "We try to do a lot of other things as well, and the other two organizations have always focused on those experiencing homelessness. We all are concerned about our guests and their ability to stay warm and safe during the winter."

On Thursday and Friday, Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City will open their doors half-an-hour early for breakfast starting at 8:00 AM.

The Jubilee House will then be open at 10:00 AM and will be staying open until 5:30 PM, which is when Safe Harbor opens.

The New Hope Shelter in Cadillac is also expanding hours on Thursday and is expected to be open all day.

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