February 27, 2023 3:40 p.m.
The Roseburg Warming Center is open nightly through at least Wednesday night, thanks to continued support from volunteers and the community.
A City of Roseburg release said warming center operator Kimetha Stallings, founder of Onward Roseburg will continue to monitor weather forecasts to determine whether to keep the facility open past Wednesday night.
So far, 77 volunteers – including at least 2 Roseburg City Councilors – have volunteered for evening, overnight and morning shifts that include serving hot dinners and breakfasts.
This winter, 299 individuals have sought overnight shelter while others have just come for dinner. The center has increased the number of cots from 60 to 75, with additional room for pets. Everyone in need of temporary overnight shelter on especially cold winter nights is welcome at the center, housed at the Roseburg Senior Center, 1614 Southeast Stephens Street.
Warming center check-in starts at 6:00 p.m. A free senior center shuttle will make a circuit around town for guests starting at about 5:30 p.m. and then again in the morning. People can arrive at any time during the night and stay until 8:00 a.m. A cot, blanket and pillow plus hot dinner and breakfast are provided.
Volunteers can sign up to help at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aaaa22a1fac61-21323?useFullSite=true#/
Donations currently being sought include new socks, women’s and men’s pants, hoodies, coats, sleeping bags and handwarmers.