Warming Shelters Need Volunteers

by Kathy Marson

St. Vincent DePaul in Kootenai County opens when the temp is 25 degrees or less and Spokane's Salvation Army opens at 32 derees or below.

SPOKANE, Wash., December 2, 2014  -  Warming shelters are crucial in our communities, literally saving the lives of those who would otherwise be in desperate danger.

Word has been spreading that the Salvation Army is providing the central warming center in Spokane. Because of this their numbers are rapidly increasing from four the first night to 61 attendees by the third night. This has led to a need for additional volunteers to help with supervision and checking in visitors and assisting with operational needs.

“We anticipated more volunteers being involved in this effort, but so far we haven’t seen as many as we were hoping for, or as many as we currently need,” said Major Stephen Ball of the Salvation Army. “Right now we have about ten percent of the volunteers needed to ensure the Warming Center is structured the way we want,” said Major Ball. The Salvation Army Warming Center will need approximately 10 volunteers per night to assist with monitoring and supervision. If you are interested in volunteering for this important effort in our community, please contact Ryan Rodriguez at 509-329-2721.

To volunteer in Kootenai County at St. Vincent DePaul email Jeff Conroy at jeff@stvincentdepaulcda.org.

To volunteer with the Salvation Army open the following PDF file. "Warming Shelter"

In other parts of Washington, please contact your local homeless shelters to volunteer.

Volunteering puts you in good company. Here is what Jesus says In Matthew 25:40, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."