Emergency Homeless Shelter Opens for Chilly Weekend

The shelter is located at the St. Vincent de Paul Village campus on Imperial Avenue

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Jan 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:44 AM PDT
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Emergency Homeless Shelter Opens for Chilly Weekend

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An emergency winter shelter operated by Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul Village will be open throughout this weekend to accommodate the local homeless population.

With extremely cold temperatures currently hitting San Diego -- especially overnight -- an emergency shelter has been set up at the Paul Mirable Center dining room at the St. Vincent de Paul Village campus located at 1501 Imperial Ave.

The doors open Friday at 4 p.m. and will remain open through Monday.

The four-night, 166-bed shelter is made possible thanks to financial support from the San Diego Housing Commission. Father Joe’s Villages says it will do everything possible not to turn anyone away from the shelter during these freezing nights.

“These could be life-threatening overnight conditions,” said Sister Patricia Cruise, Father Joe’s Villages President and CEO. “It is critical that we get every person possible off of the streets and into shelter over the next few nights.”

Intake at the shelter begins at 4 p.m. each evening. Dinner is served daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by bed set-up at 7:15 p.m.

Lights go out at 9 p.m. and wake-up is at 4 a.m. Breakfast is served at 6 a.m. and exit time is set for 7:30 a.m. each mornings.

Father Joe’s Villages says space at the shelter is limited, so each visitor can only bring one bag inside with them. No drugs, alcohol or weapons are allowed on the premises.

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