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New coordinator in charge this winter at the emergency cold-weather shelter in Merritt.
 
Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society treasurer Marlene Jones confirms Shirley Rhodes will be taking over the day-to-day operations.
 
Whether the shelter is will be open 24/7, like it was last winter, will be entirely weather dependant.
 
"The shelter is funded through a couple avenues, but primarily by BC Housing. The funding for the Merritt shelter is entirely weather dependent. Last winter, there was a significant period where we were minus 30 or below, so we reached out, and we we're able to secure the funds necessary to stay open around the clock."
 
Rhodes is taking over for Amery Schultz, who after two-years in charge at the shelter resigned over the summer.
 
Open 24/7 for the first-time last winter, the shelter hosted a record 697 overnight stays, with 109 people accessing services.
 
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