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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winter shelters opening in Bellevue

It is estimated that there are 300 to 500 men and women sleeping outdoors on the Eastside each night. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, winter shelters for homeless men and women will open in Bellevue, thanks to a collaborative partnership between Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, The Sophia Way, Congregations for the Homeless and the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond, King County and many local congregations and individuals. Both sites will offer a meal.

"We want to first ensure the safety and health of all individuals and families in Bellevue and on the Eastside," said Emily Leslie, Human Services Manager for Bellevue. "By providing shelter to homeless individuals and families, we're offering a lifeline and helping them take a critical step on their journey out of homelessness."

The Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Men will sleep up to 50 men while the Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Women and Families with children will sleep up to 15. The hours of operation are 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. from Nov. 22 through March 15.

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Men
St. Peter's United Methodist Church
17222 NE Eighth St.

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Women and Families
Salvation Army
911 164th Ave. NE                                                       

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