Warming Center Blanket Drive
Winter is coming! Please help the Warming Center stay ahead of the cold weather.
Staff and volunteers will be collecting warm blankets and supplies on Saturday, September 14th from 10am-2pm, to help provide shelter to the homeless in our community. Supporters can bring by blankets or other supplies, share some free food, and tour the facility. A wish list of needed supplies (cleaning supplies, laundry soap, coffee cups, etc.) is available at this link.
The Warming Center is the only place in the valley where men, women and families without a place to go can get out of the cold each winter. Open nightly, the center relies entirely on community support and donations to provide this critical, life saving service.
The Warming Center will also be unveiling its Community Quilt, a campaign drive designed to help raise the dollars needed to open the doors this season. The Community Quilt provides anyone the opportunity to be a part of changing people’s lives, by giving anywhere from $5 to $5,000. Each gift, represented by a quilt square, goes directly to Warming Center operating costs and will play an important role in keeping our neighbors warm this winter. Purchase a square by clicking here.
Last season, the Warming Center provided a safe, warm place to spend the night to more than 130 different people, varying in age from toddlers to senior citizens. The Warming Center relocated last year to its current location at 2104 Industrial Drive to accommodate the increasing need for shelter. Its third season saw an increase in the numbers of homeless families and women without housing; in fact one out of every five Warming Center guests were female. Most guests only experienced a brief period of homelessness and used the center for about two weeks. The Warming Center staff works closely with guests to help them secure sustainable long term housing by helping with housing and employment search, building resumes, and providing one on one guidance.
Stop by and visit the Warming Center before we open for the season and learn more about how you can help the homeless in our community. Contact Kristin Hamburg at (406) 585-4877 with questions.