Saturday, October 5, 2013
Hood River Warming Shelter goes into service in mid-November, and opportunities to volunteer happen this month.
This year the Hood River Warming Shelter will be open from mid-November through mid-March. Once again the shelter will rotate on a weekly basis from site to site. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Three shifts of two volunteers each are needed for each night during this four-month period.
Persons interested in volunteering to work one of three shifts at the Warming Shelter need to attend a training session. Past volunteers are encouraged to show up for the second hour to learn some practical skills in de-escalation and conflict management led by a staff member from the Mid-Columbia Center for Living.
Training dates, times and locations:
n Oct. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Center for Living Community Room, 1610 Woods Court, off of Pacific Avenue
n Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets
n Oct. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Riverside Community Church on State Street
Warming Shelter Mission: To compassionately provide a safe place to meet the basic human needs of those without shelter mid-November through mid-March.
This year the Warming Shelter program will have a “shelter host,” who will be on site five nights a week to help both guests and volunteers feel welcome and comfortable.
For details visit http://www.hood-rivercares.org/
Applications for volunteering are available online. Fill them out and bring them with you to one of the three training sessions.
The Oct. 5 Hood River Leos can and bottle collection will benefit the Hood River Warming Shelter.
Leos will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rosauers parking lot.
Each month the high school group collects containers on the first Saturday, and donates the money to a local cause.
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