The Egan Warming Center provides emergency shelter to our homeless neighbors when the forecast calls for under 30 degrees and/or dangerous weather from Nov 15th through Mar 31st. The program relies on trained volunteers and many more are needed this winter.
“The need is especially urgent this year with the significant increase in homeless numbers and the opening of two new shelters,” said center director Shelley Forteville in a statement. She said previous training sessions this fall have been sparsely attended, and that the center’s core of trained volunteers could be hard-pressed to meet the demand if there is an extended period of cold weather.
The training for the South Hills site will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on 3925 Hilyard St on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Every year, this program saves the lives of unsheltered people in our neighborhood.
Beyond volunteers, other assistance also is needed. Donations of sleeping bags, blankets, coats, socks and other items to keep people warm can be dropped off at any St. Vincent de Paul location. Donors should make sure their gifts are clearly marked “Egan Warming Center.”
Donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off at FOOD for Lane County, 770 Bailey Hill Road in Eugene. Center organizers ask that donations not be dropped off at any of the warming center sites, and note that health regulations prohibit volunteers from serving food that is not prepared in a certified commercial kitchen.
Financial donations can be made online ator by mail at P.O. Box 24608, Eugene, OR 97402.
For more information, visitor contact the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at (541) 686-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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