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Warming Center Program

Organization Mission

To reduce the experience of hypothermia and the occurrence of death among the those who sleep outside, to identify the unmet needs of homelessness, and to create and operate programs to meet those needs.

Warming Center/Footbridge Services Center programs are those not provided by funding sources such as government and other organizations. They include:

• Day & Night Storage — keeps personal belongings safe and reduces the items people must carry around
• Laundry Weekly — allows people to maintain their clothing and hygiene
• Shower Sunday — often the only weekly shower for those who sleep outside
• Secret Garden Women’s Shelter — an 11-bed overnight residency shelter
• Warming Center Program — A coldest and wettest nights homeless shelter

The Big Idea 2022:
Warm Nights For Everyone

It’s our commitment that everyone sleeping outside in a doorway, tent, or car should have what they need to be warm at night. This will be our eighth year providing a pop-up shelter, yet many will choose to stay in their tents even on the coldest nights. Hypothermia is a constant threat for those isolating in this way.

In addition to providing a coldest nights’ shelter, we also stock and distribute as many as 1,000 blankets, thousands of hand warmers, gloves, beanies, and warm clothing. We’ll also distribute more than 100 tents and several hundred rain tarps.

The Warming Center Program is a life saver. I would've definitely suffered hypothermia last year. Those blankets, hand warmers, and other stuff kept me warm and helped me take care of other people. It gets surprisingly cold at night and most of us aren't prepared for it.


Mark Hemersbach