Hood River warming shelter open

December 3, 2011

Beginning Dec. 4 and opening daily through March 31, the Hood River Warming Shelter program will soon be open offering free sleeping accommodations and snacks from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week.

The shelter location changes each week and follows a circuit of churches.

Warming shelter guests receive a bed and a light dinner and breakfast for free by showing up at the appropriate site listed below between 6 and 8 p.m.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, HRWS is a coalition of community members who have come together to ensure that homeless people have warm and safe shelter during the winter.

How it works:

People in need of a warm bed may arrive without an appointment or may be referred by an agency or organization.

Regular check-in is offered each day between 6 and 8 p.m. with check-out the next morning by 8 a.m.

Guests can expect to be asked to provide basic identification and to abide by shelter rules and supervising staff requests.

Guests will be offered a free dinner and breakfast.

Each visitor is assigned a sleeping bag and mattress according to gender, with family groups kept together (with some variation depending on facility space).

If no one arrives at the shelter by 8 p.m., the shelter will be closed for the evening. However, local police and emergency room personnel may still request a late check-in for emergency situations until 10 p.m.

For more information or to donate, see the organization's website at:

hoodrivercares.org.

December site schedule:

Dec. 4-10, Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Ninth and Eugene)

Dec. 11-17, Riverside Community Church (Fourth and State)

Dec. 18-24, Christian Missionary Alliance Church (2650 Montello)

Dec. 25-31, Immanuel Lutheran Church (Ninth and Sherman)

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