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(KTVI) – Christ Church Cathedral announced expanded hours.  Church leaders are offering the cathedral as a warming center to help the homeless escape the dangerous cold.
Monday-Thursday – 7 am – 5:30 pm (previously 9-4)
Friday – 7 am – 4 pm (previously 9-12)
Sunday – 7 am – 1 pm (previously 7:30-1)

The cathedral will open as an overnight shelter on Tuesday January 28, 2014.  Check-in is at 6:30 p.m.  Volunteers will house those needing a warm place to sleep from 10 p.m. Tuesday night until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Church officials are also urging people to donate to St. Patrick Center and The Bridge at Centenary United Methodist Church, two other day shelters.

Christ Church Cathedral
13th Street
(between Olive and Locust in Downtown)
St. Louis, MO  63103
(314) 231-3454

St. Patrick Center
800 North Tucker Boulevard
(12th Street between Convention Plaza and Gay Street in Downtown)
St. Louis, MO  63101
(314) 802-0700

The Bridge
Centenary United Methodist Church
1610 Olive Street
(between 16th and 17th Streets in Downtown)
St. Louis, MO  63103
(314) 421-3136

Christ Church Cathedral is also looking for volunteer drivers to help find homeless people and get them to shelters.  They will gather at MoKabe’s Coffeehouse on Arsenal in South St. Louis.  Contact Whitney Priebe at whitney.priebe@gmail.com if you can help.

Finally, church officials are encouraging people to donate to Ameren’s “Dollar More” program to help those having problems paying heating bills.

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