MENDOCINO CO., 2/25/17 — The Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center's Extreme Weather Shelter is in danger of imminent closure due to lack of funds, and a Go Fund Me account has been set up to keep the doors open. The Center is requesting $15,000 and at the time of publication, $725 had been raised in the first hour since the page was started.
There is currently only enough funding for the shelter to operate for a few more days due to the frequency of stormy weather this winter, the Shelter's announcement states. The Extreme Weather Shelter is typically open during extremely cold or rainy nights and serves between 10 - 25 people nightly, although this year the shelter has housed higher numbers of people this year than in the past. As of January 15, the shelter was also serving a daily hot meal at 3pm each day to anyone in the community that needed it. County grants, private donations, and facilities donated from the Faith Community usually cover the shelter's operating costs.
In just this past week the county has seen rain and below freezing temperatures, and more rain is predicted for Sunday. County staff are currently seeking funds to keep the shelter open. You can contribute by going to the shelter's Go Fund Me web page, or sending a check "payable to the Mayor’s Fund and mail it to P.O. Box 2859, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Lynelle Johnson, MCHC Board Chair, at (707)972-0804."
Here's the full announcement from the Go Fund Me site:
EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER IS WITHIN DAYS OF CLOSING DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center’s Extreme Weather Shelter is within days of closing due to lack of operating funds. The Extreme Weather Shelter feeds and houses between 10 and 25 people nightly when it is extremely cold and/or rainy outside. The Shelter’s operation is dependent on private donations, County grants and the facilities offered by the area’s Faith Community.
All available funds are nearly exhausted as a result of the many days of bad weather this winter and much higher numbers of people sheltered. The Extreme Weather Shelter will cease to operate within a matter of days unless additional funding is obtained. County staff is actively seeking additional funds. If you would like to make a donation to help keep the Extreme Weather Shelter open on cold and rainy nights, please make your check payable to the Mayor’s Fund and mail it to P.O. Box 2859, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.
Questions regarding this information should be directed to Lynelle Johnson, MCHC Board Chair, at (707)972-0804.