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Warming Center


Sheila A. Chilson, Chair





December 31, 2015

Homeless Taskforce of Grant County opens Warming Center

Center to be located in Moses Lake at 410 W 3rd Avenue

(location of the old Boys & Girls Clubhouse)

Moses Lake, WA, December 31, 2015     A warming center is preparing to open at 410 West 3rd Avenue in Moses Lake on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. The Homeless Task Force of Grant County is planning to use the former location of the Boys and Girls Club as a spot for people to warm up, receive a hot drink and get some food during the cold winter nights of January and February. The center will be open between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily, including weekends. The task force began investigating opening a warming center for the homeless earlier in the year, and hope to use the next two months to determine how many people need the center. “We’re starting very small in 2016, so we can formulate a long-term strategy,” task force chair Sheila Chilson said. “We know in future years we need to have the warming center open earlier. We realize that people have gone without that warm spot for a couple of months.” The Boys and Girls Club of the Columbia Basin is letting the task force use the building for two months, while finalizing plans to sell or lease the space. Local volunteers will manage the warming center during the stated hours of operation.  “We are receiving training and guidance from Sunrise Outreach Center, a group in Yakima operating a similar station”, Chilson said. If community members or organizations are interested in volunteering time, supplies, food or donating to this worthy cause, please contact Sheila Chilson at 509-771-2361 or .

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The Grant County Homeless Taskforce is a coalition. The coalition is an alliance of individuals and organizations that come together to address issues of homelessness. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Chilson if interested in learning about the Taskforce.

The Mission of the Grant County Homeless Taskforce is to advocate for the homeless people in Grant County in order to improve quality of life, increase public awareness of issues of homelessness, impact public policy and to prevent and end homelessness.

The Homeless Taskforce Vision focuses on realizable strategies to move homeless individuals and families beyond shelter to permanent housing and self-sufficiency by looking at a comprehensive range of needs and develop the local capacity to meet these needs. The Taskforce identifies ways to coordinate and link resources to avoid duplication by involving stakeholders with a shared goal of building a comprehensive system to end homelessness and prevent return to homelessness.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sheila A. Chilson, Chair at 509-771-2361 or email at .