Salvation Army to add Day Shelter hours

Oct. 24—MANKATO — The Salvation Army Day Shelter will soon add weekend and holiday hours so that people experiencing homelessness may receive foundational services seven days a week.

Beginning Nov. 4, shelter hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily throughout the winter.

"We recognize having somewhere to go during the day is a vital for the eventual resolution to the challenge some of our homeless friends' experience," Capt. Andy Wheeler, one of The Salvation Army's officers/pastors in Mankato, said in a news release.

"We are excited to be back to the place of being open on weekends again."

For the past year, the day shelter program has been operating as a low-barrier shelter that provides showers, laundry and a place to rest. This past summer The Salvation Army added housing case management, collaborative care with outside agencies, recreational therapeutic activities and street outreach to the program. Permanent beds have been removed from the daytime shelter site.