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Code Blue shelter

The Code Blue shelter is seen on Warren Street in Glens Falls.

GLENS FALLS — The Code Blue emergency shelter remains busy as ever as the region braces for more wintry weather.

Kim Cook, CEO of Open Door, which operates the shelter, said it has been running smoothly in its first year since moving to the Warren Street location.

“It’s been really good to be in our own building,” Cook said. “It’s just been more comfortable, and we’re able to provide more services here.”

Code Blue provides shelter to homeless people in the area anytime the temperature is forecast to be 32 degrees or lower, or if more than 12 inches of precipitation is expected.

Cook said they are averaging around nine people each night, not including the eight permanent beds that were added in the new location. With the permanent beds factored in, the facility sees around 17 people each night and has provided shelter nearly 600 times already this season.

As of Jan. 13, the shelter has been open 66 nights this season and expects to stay busy through January. Numbers usually increase between November and December, and again between December and January, according to Cook.

She said despite the shelter running well, there was always room for more volunteers. The next training session for volunteers will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Warren Street facility.

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Samuel Northrop is the education reporter for the Post-Star.

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