The Salvation Army of Augusta expanding capacity to provide shelter from storm

The Salvation Army of Augusta relaxed its normal policies to house people seeking shelter from winter weather forecast for the area.

The organization’s Center of Hope, 1384 Greene St., is using sleeping mats to accommodate extra people and lifting its limit on the maximum number of overnight stays per month, according to a news release.

The inclement weather plan was in effect for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Women and children younger than school age were allowed to stay in the Center of Hope all day Tuesday and will be Wednesday, too. Transient men were allowed to check in to the shelter earlier than normal Tuesday and could stay until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Additionally, The Salvation Army of Augusta Kroc Center closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday and was scheduled to reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, along with the Salvation Army Family Stores.