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Winter Opens Ojai's Homeless Shelters

Churches offer hot meals, warm place to sleepBy Sondra Murphy With the weather turning cold and rainy, locals without homes are eligible to use the Ojai Valley Family Shelter for a warm place to rest and have a hot meal. In its 16th year, the shelter locations change each night to one of six participating sites. Host locations are the Ojai Valley Grange, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ojai Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church and Ojai Valley Wesleyan Church. “To my knowledge, we’re averaging 15 to 18 people per night,” said Pastor Lyn Thomas, of Ojai Valley Wesleyan Church. “Currently this season, we haven’t seen any children. We do

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