Denver Newsroom, Jun 30, 2021 / 19:00 pm
Amid an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, local Catholic agencies are working to provide relief for the elderly, disabled and homeless.
Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington on Monday opened five new cooling shelters in Spokane, set to stay open through Thursday at the earliest.
The National Weather Service in Spokane announced an excessive heat warning last week, and expressed high confidence that temperatures will reach 100 degrees every day until Thursday, the Spokesman-Review reported. On Tuesday, Spokane hit a new heat record of 109 degrees.
Catholic Charities spokeswoman Sarah Yerden said daily hours are 10 am to 6 pm, and that the shelters may stay open past Thursday if necessary.