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Holy Angels Warming Center opens in Flint

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(12/03/12) - Even though it's warm out right now, temperatures will begin to drop.

That means a warming shelter in Flint has re-opened its door for the season to help those in need during the day and night.

The opening of the Holy Angels Warming Shelter on Monday meant Stevie Scales finally had a safe, warm place to stay.

"Very much in need, very much in need. I've been waiting on this for a long time," he said.

This is the shelters third season at the old St. Michaels school.

Scales, who is homeless, was first in when the doors opened.

With all the shelters full, Scales often spends his nights on the streets.

"They have an old heat vent down at the Hyatt Regency that I sleep up under the heat vent," he said.

The shelter will remain open 24/7 now through the end of March. It is run by Catholic Charities during the day and by Resource Genesee at night.

Both organizations are also in the middle of a capitol campaign to raise money to renovate St. Michaels.

"Our goal and our dream one of these days is to be able to provide a one stop for any type for homeless or anyone who needs help whether it's for medical or personal needs, case management," said Jon Manse of Catholic Charities.

The building would be renamed the "Center for hope", but first they need to raise $5.5 million.

In the meantime, they'll continue to operate the warming shelter and other programs to help those like Scales.

"I'd like to thank the warming center for opening up. This will be my third year down here," Scales said.

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