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Springs Rescue Mission adds 150 more shelter beds

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Published: Dec. 10, 2018 at 7:36 AM MST
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A local homeless shelter is making space so more people can have a warm bed to sleep in.

Springs Rescue Mission opened its remodeled shelter building on Monday, which has 150 more shelter beds. That brings the shelter’s total capacity to 450.

For the past month, the shelter has made extra space by adding

, which were mats people could lay on the floor.

“Our purposes for getting the beds were to make sure that those who want shelter can find shelter,” said Chief Development Officer Travis Williams.

The beds are being added at just the right time. On Tuesday, the city is planning to

just a few blocks away from the rescue mission.

“This is a dignified place for those who are hurting and homeless in Colorado Springs, that they can come and have access to resources they need to be able to move them forward in housing, health and work,” Williams said.

He said the shelter averages around 330-350 people a night, so there will be plenty of room for people who want shelter from the cold.

“Our hope is with the extra 150 that we won’t have to turn anybody away during these cold winter months,” he said.

Williams said before the 100 temporary beds were added, the shelter had to

.

In total, the city will now have 670 low-barrier shelter beds, including beds at the Salvation Army's shelter. Low-barrier means people are admitted based on behavior, not sobriety.

"This is an important facility with the very real potential to save lives. I mean that seriously. The real potential to save lives," Mayor John Suthers said.

People were already lining their belongings up outside the remodeled shelter on Monday morning, ahead of its official opening Monday night.

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