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Extreme weather shelters weather the holiday weekend well

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YAKIMA, Wash- The temperatures dropped well below 20 degrees this holiday weekend but Yakima cold weather shelters actually had lower turnout than in past weeks.  

A coordinator for the shelters says some homeless receive disability or social security benefits at the beginning of the month and are able to pay for a place to sleep for a couple of weeks.  But he expects the shelters to be back at capacity in mid January... Meaning people may be turned away.

"It isn't just all alcoholics all drug addicts, it's people that things have happened to, yes some have made choices to put themselves there but some... life happened", says Ken Trainor, director of operations at Sunrise Outreach.

Sunrise outreach is currently looking for a new space to use as a shelter.  They also need volunteers and donations like blankets, and pillows.  You can contact them at 406-2292.