From: Tom Parlin
Do you know that there are homeless people in our community? You may not have seen them, but law enforcement, Winona Health, and social service agencies in our town are well aware of a gap in our community. That gap is the lack of a shelter for those without a place to stay, particularly, in these cold weather months.
The Winona Warming Center will be opening soon at the Community Bible Church on 69 East Third Street. This new project is the work of concerned community members and Catholic Charities. The members of Community Bible Church have agreed to provide the place for this new shelter. We have also received generous donations from many local businesses and merchants. People using the new shelter will be given a warm place to sleep, nutritious snacks, opportunity to shower, and laundry facilities for their clothes. The center will be open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The center will open in a date yet to be determined in January after the building has been prepared.
The Winona Warming Center will be seeking partner organizations to staff the building each night. Our goal is to have 15 partners that will commit two nights a month to this project. There will be a training for volunteers this Tuesday, December 27, at the Community Bible Church running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to come that day to learn more, and be prepared for this project. Individuals not connected to a group will be formed into partnerships. Future trainings will be held for those who cannot attend on December 27.
To learn more, find out what items we need for donation, or to find other ways to help, contact Tom Parlin, the coordinator of the Winona Warming Center, at 507-458-9197.