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Warming Center closing doors for the year

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The Warming Center in Spokane has closed for the year. The Warming Center in Spokane has closed for the year.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The spring's early entrance into Spokane has caused the Salvation Army Warming Center to close its doors until next winter.


Despite a mild winter, the Warming Center received a record breaking number of attendees this year. 660 people accounted for more than 6,000 visits to the facility this winter, an increase of more than 500 percent from last year. The dramatic increase in attendance is said to be due in part to changes aimed at increasing accessibility to the center.


The Salvation Army's decision to open its doors when temperatures dropped to 32 degrees, instead of waiting until temps got to 20 degrees like it has done in years past helped account for the numbers. It was also the first year the Warming Center used a central location to support single men, single women and families in the same facility.

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