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RI diocese to keep shelter emergency shelter open

March 29, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is keeping an emergency homeless shelter open for now, shelving plans to close it in two days.

Bishop Thomas Tobin is visiting Emmanuel House in Providence on Tuesday evening to make the announcement that it will stay open for an extra two months until May 31.

Diocese spokesman Michael Guilfoyle (GIL'-foyl) says it's staying open to respond for the need for additional shelter beds each night.

The shelter was opened in December as an overflow shelter with 35 beds to help the state's homeless population.

It's operated with money from the state and donations from the Catholic Charity Appeal, as well as other denominations.