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Centralia Shelter Helps Local Homeless Escape the Cold

Like the people it serves, the Lewis County Cold Weather Shelter has a tendency to slip through the cracks. The shelter's mission is simple: save lives. But to fulfill that mission — without condition — the shelter must forgo grants, which often carry specific requirements, and instead rely on donations that can be used as needed.

Though the shelter's system is far from predictable, it's one that, so far, has worked, said Carl Bohlin, the founder and operator of the cold weather shelter.

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