Winter homeless shelter open at Beth Israel synagogue

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Congregation Beth Israel in NW Portland opened a small winter homeless shelter on Tuesday.

The synagogue on NW Flanders Street will provide accommodations for up to 75 children and their parents from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. until April 30 2018.

The shelter is operated by Portland Homeless Family Solutions.

Families hoping to come to the shelter must first call 211, to learn if space is available, and then to schedule an intake appointment. Families sleeping outside with no other options will have priority for access. Families won’t be admitted without first scheduling an intake.

Families will receive hot dinner daily and then breakfast in the morning. Other amenities include play spaces and special programming for kids, along with an “awake room.”

Staff at Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) are also asking for volunteers and donations, including sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, coats, and non-perishable food items. Email to volunteer or to learn about donations.

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