This is an update to my recent article about Asheville shelters.
Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) will now be open during cold weather.
Overflow will be open when the temperature is below 40 degrees. Up to 30 men can sleep on a mat in the chapel. The rule that you can only stay for 3 days unless you have an approved job will not apply.
On “Cold Purple” days, when the temperature is below freezing, WCRM will be open to as many men as they can fit, and they have permission from the Fire Marshall. On those days you can also sit in the chapel during the day, to stay out of the cold.
You still need to arrive by 6:00pm to stay there. They start serving dinner between 4:45pm and 5:00pm, and if you arrive for dinner you cannot leave if you will be staying overnight.
There is a different program for women. Michael Woods, the director, said today they “will be taken care of.”