From: Tom Parlin
Coordinator Winona Community Warming Center
The Winona Community Warming Center, a winter season overnight shelter for the homeless of the Winona area, completed its first season on April 1. We are thankful for the support of the Winona community, which made this new venture successful.
The doors opened for the first time on Saturday, January 7, and the Warming Center operated through March 31. We were able to be opened each evening due to the 129 volunteers who logged 1,765 hours at the Warming Center, and served 22 guests who spent 276 total hours. There were also other volunteers who helped buy the groceries, run the laundry, work on promotion, and clean the building after hours. The Warming Center provided 70 nights of shelter this year.
But the volunteers were not the only factor in our success. We received valuable donations from local businesses and individuals, including donated items and funds. To see a complete list of our donors, check our website at winonawarmingcenter.org.
We cannot forget the generosity of Community Bible Church which provided the space that made the Warming Center possible to begin with. We invaded their space, and they were accommodating throughout the season. They were gracious hosts.
The success of our inaugural season gives us something to build on for next season. The Winona Community Warming Center will resume operations on November 1 and run through March next season. With the support of Winona community we will be even more successful next season. This has truly been a Winona community project. Thanks to all who made this project possible.