Warming Shelter fills growing need

The Warming Shelter in Hood River is a homeless shelter run by a few local churches which include: Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Riverside Community Church, Hood River Alliance Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Each church takes turns inviting homeless people in the community to come stay at their church. They provide a mattress, sleeping bag (which they can take with them), dinner, breakfast, often a sandwich to take with them in the morning, and means of getting what they need outside of the shelter.

The Warming Shelter opened on Dec. 2. The first day, only one person came to the shelter (see article in Kaleidoscope, Dec. 22) but since then the number of guests has averaged about 10 per night.

“The Warming Shelter has great volunteers who are filling all the shifts. They are very much appreciated,” said volunteer coordinator Andy Wade.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has a crew which puts together sandwiches and soup for dinner and for breakfast. Oatmeal or a peanut butter sandwich are normal. St. Mark’s often does a small meal so the homeless will have something for lunch. Sleeping bag donations are accepted but clothing and food donations are not. Clothing donations are usually sent to the Valley Christian Church Thrift Shop.www.hood

rivercares.org.

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