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Catholic Charities offers special day shelter

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The recent cold temperatures are threatening the health and safety of many folks in the valley that don't have a home to call their own. Catholic Charities has extended daytime hours through Monday to keep more homeless people warm and off the streets.

The shelter usually opens its doors at 5:30 every night, but it will stay open all day and night through Monday. The shelter will close for a couple hours so staff can clean it.

The special day shelter is possible through a partnership with Catholic Charities and Clark County.

"With the cold being so low, we don't want people dying on the streets. It's important they have a safe place to lay down and keep warm," said Jimy Rolson, shelter supervisor at Catholic Charities.

There is space for 300 people in the day shelter, and even more space available at night. All of the hallways will be filled with beds.

"It can be fatal. If these people weren't allowed to go in the shelter they could very well freeze to death on a night like tonight. The wind chill can be 25 or colder, which can kill you," said Gary Davis as he stood in line to enter the shelter.

Shelter coordinators say the day shelter is usually only available when it's too hot outside.

Males who are 18 years of age or older can stay at the shelter, even if they don't have identification.

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