Warming Center Needs Volunteers

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The Stevens Point Warming Center is set to open this winter.  Taking the lead is the Evergreen Community Initiative (ECI) and the Intercession Episcopal Church who are offering the use of their space downtown.  The center will open this year starting when the temperatures reach 20ºF or November 1st.  The warming center with volunteers, will give people a warm place away from the elements. Homelessness is on the rise in the country, and this includes Stevens Point. Because of this steady rise, the Hope Center has often been at capacity and people have been sleeping unsheltered.  Keeping these people off the streets, out of jail, and safe is not easy and needs the support of volunteers like you. How can you get involved and help? We will begin filling the volunteer schedule in late September.  Shifts run from 8:30 pm – 1:30 am, and 1:30 am to 6:00 am with two volunteers per shift.  In addition, there will be intake staff present to assist the volunteers and guests. What is important is having enough volunteers throughout this winter season to truly make a difference in this community. The Warming Center has a meager budget and monies are needed for rent, utilities, and a small stipend all to keep the center operating and healthy.  We accept monthly sponsors, one time gifts, and church offerings to help support the shelter. If you are interested in any way, please contact us with any questions you may have.  You can sign up to volunteer, donate or both by visiting our website www.wisconsinECI.org (under Programs for the Warming Center) or by e-mail Smileforchristsake@yahoo.com. You may also call Joel at 715-496-0164 or Tiffani at 715-252-7860. Thank you for your consideration.