Warming shelter to open, needs volunteers

Metro Wire Staff

The downtown warming shelter opens Nov. 1, and those operating the center say they need volunteers to help.

The warming shelter, located inside Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1300 Main St., has sleeping space for 12. The center is operated by Evergreen Community Initiatives, which also operates a Place of Peace at the Downtown Mission Church, 1948 Church St.

Tiffani Krueger, co-chair of ECI, said Place of Peace helps people in need, some who are homeless, daily with food, clothing, baby items, and hygiene needs, and sometimes providing referrals for clothing to St. Vinnies Thrift Store. The warming center, she said, sheltered 64 people in 2017.

Donations are always welcome, Krueger said, adding the group recently took donations of food and hygiene products from Delta Dental.

“We also need financial donations to help pay for operating the center, and pay staff,” she said.

Krueger said the warming center needs a large pool of volunteers from which to draw because it has four shifts to cover every night. Training is provided on site, she said.

The center is open from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. beginning Thursday. For more information, or to volunteer, go to wisconsineci.org.