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With temperatures hovering near 50 degrees now, it may be difficult to think about cold weather, but the Salvation Army has established the town’s first cold weather shelter… a warm place to sleep when temperatures drop.

In fact, the Salvation Army opened the shelter for one night on Nov 29 after the temperature dropped dramatically. They had just four male guests that night, one brought in by the police. That cold night, four volunteers helped get the shelter running and staffed it overnight. And, they had a hot meal and breakfast the next morning.

But, the decision had already been made to open a shelter upstairs at 3001 R Ave when the temperature drops below 25 degrees or 32 degrees with snow. The plan is to open at 5:30pm and be open until 7:30 in the morning.

Men, women and families are all welcome. Anyone younger than 18 needs to be with an adult.

Volunteers are needed to be on standby for cold night. Call Ryan Boyd at the Salvation Army at 293-6682 or Eric Johnson at 840-5415.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times