The Lincoln City Warming Shelter will hold a “Warm up for Winter” reception on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to showcase its new premises and raise funds for its winter shelter operation. The reception will run from 5 to 7 pm at Taft Hall, the former fire station on SE 48th Place, where the shelter will be serving the homeless this winter.
Guests at the reception will get to enjoy coffee, mulled wine and homemade cookies as well as taking a tour of the building, which will provide both overnight accommodation and daytime resource referral services.
The event is free but donations to help cover the shelter’s operational costs will be gratefully accepted.
“The City’s decision to award $45,000 to the warming shelter earlier this year was a huge boost to our operation and has allowed us to expand our services,” said Lincoln City Warming Shelter President Patrick Alexander. “We want to preserve as much of that funding as possible to establish a permanent shelter location, so we are hoping the public will also lend their support to a program that serves the most needy among us and benefits our community as a whole.”
Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the shelter will open its doors on nights when temperatures are forecast to fall below 40 degrees. Shelter guests will get dinner, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning.
Shelter guests who want to take the first steps toward addressing the causes of their homelessness will be able to schedule appointments for resource referral sessions offered onsite by Lincoln City Homeless Solutions.
The shelter will operate from Taft Hall through mid-February, with the option of extending into March in the event that low temperatures continue into late winter.
For more information, call Shelter Manager Amanda Cherryholmes at 541-264-0457.