It’s fair to say the last couple weeks of weather in Del Norte County have been, for the most part, cold and bleak, and forecasts say more of the same will linger.
Winter weather warnings from the National Weather Service in Eureka have been reminding coast residents to bring outdoor pets indoors and that low temperatures may kill some vegetation. Temperatures started to fall just after Valentine’s Day and remained right around freezing for most nights since.
For those who have had no place to escape the weather, Our Daily Bread’s Rescue Mission has been doing its best to accommodate.
Our Daily Bread Manager Mike Justice said the rescue mission has been “booked out” during the bad weather, serving as many as 19 people per night. He said up to date counts have not been tallied yet, but last month, more than 200 people stayed at the mission.
Justice noted when the weather turns wet and cold, the mission opens by default.
“If it’s raining or below 35 degrees, we’re open,” he said.
He said the mission has recently expanded its meal program to include breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, with dinner served on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
‘We’re hoping and praying that we can go seven days a week,” he said. “It probably won’t be this year, but our long-term goal is to have hot meals available Monday through Sunday, three a day.”
As always, funding and staffing are an issue for the ministry and mission, Justice said. Sponsors, contributors and potential partners may contact Justice directly at 707-954-6775.
Terry Lockie at Redwood Family Worship Center said the church gave out many coats and blankets during the recent Point in Time homeless count a couple weeks ago. However, Lockie said the church still has some cold weather supplies that it will give to anyone who comes to the church, and has some food items in a small pantry, as well.
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