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November 6, 2018
CENTRALIA, Lewis County — “This is a blessing. This is a huge blessing,” said volunteer Patti Mills after her first look at the new location for the severe weather shelter at an open house last week at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.
It was a sentiment that was echoed over and over by the members of Bethel Church, who look at the bigger, safer space with room to grow as an answer to their prayers. The shelter, which opens any night when the temperatures dip to 38 degrees or below, will be housed in the first building inside the fairgrounds' main gate — what is typically the 4-H building during the Southwest Washington Fair.
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