NAMPA- A new community shelter has opened in Nampa for women and children in need of emergency housing, food, and other services.

The Boise Rescue Mission recently purchased, and is now operating the Valley Women and Children's Shelter. The facility is located in same building as the Valley Crisis Center that shut down in September of last year.

The shelter is located just off Midland Boulevard in Nampa.

Organizers say the opening is important to the community because of the great need in this area for a shelter that houses women and children.

The building includes 60 beds for women and children in need of emergency shelter.

In addition to housing, shelter staff will offer three meals a day for residents. Other services available include counseling, clothing, warm coats and shoes.

While an anonymous donation helped the Rescue Mission buy the building, the Boise Rescue Mission worked to raise money to run the facility for for several months before it opened Thursday.

Executive Director Reverend Bill Roscoe says the mission has enough money to operate the facility for the first four months, but will need donations to keep the facility going.

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