By Jim Gustafson, Carson Now, 12/07/2017

With cold weather having settled into the region, five churches in Carson City have partnered this season to operate nightly winter warming shelters for the area's homeless. These volunteer-staffed shelters will rotate monthly, each providing a warm place to sleep for the homeless and their pets.

The first shelter opened Nov. 18 and is located at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Community Church. It will operate through Dec. 22. The shelter will move each month throughout winter to each of the participating churches. Here is the schedule:
— First United Methodist: Dec. 23 to Jan. 31
— St. Paul’s Lutheran: Feb. 1 to Feb. 28
— St. Peter’s Episcopal: March 1 to March 31

The Salvation Army, the fifth church organization, is helping as well by donating the use of a transport van that picks up clients at F.I.S.H (Friends In Service Helping) organization, 9 p.m. sharp each night.

The van is often driven by Carson City Sheriff’s Office Chaplain and Shelter Coordinator Craig LaGier.