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Newport: New push to establish regular warming center for area homeless

Warming Center

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A local group who cares about the homeless and the predicted harsh winter that lies before them, are putting out a call for volunteers to help create a regularly scheduled warming center. They want to establish a warming center not just when it’s bitter cold but also at least three nights a week so that those who are forced to camp outdoors get a break from it – to have three nights to dry out and to perhaps change their socks and warm up, and get a good night’s sleep.

The group, led by Samaritan House Director Lola Jones, is planning to provide a warming center for area homeless on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds starting in January. Jones and other homeless advocates like Karen Dichari and Danielle Emerick are calling on the Newport area community to volunteer their time and their concern for the growing number of homeless in our area.

Those who would like to get more information on all this can call 541-351-1400. There will be formal training provided so volunteers can be prepared to be as effective as they can be in helping the homeless cope with their situation.

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