EUGENE, Ore. — It will be another cold night Friday and volunteers at the Egan Warming Centers are working to make sure the homeless population won’t be left out on the streets.
The group missed out on a below-freezing night last week.
Egan Warming Center coordinators and volunteers say they feel horrible about missing out on the cold night last week. And they want folks to know that their mistake isn’t being overlooked.
The Egan Warming Center website recently made a slight change to their main page. Organizers have now listed out their forecast sources and temperatures to show the community exactly what they’re looking for, as well as allow their volunteers to be better prepared to be called out. After questions arose surrounding their decision to stay closed last week on a night with below freezing temperatures, they wanted to improve the process by trying to be more transparent.
“When you miss and we do miss as you know. We want to let people know why we miss rather than some mysterious process. So just by being clear and open, I think it answers questions before the questions are even asked,” said Terry McDonald, St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director.
The program has also now gone from 48-hour notification to 24 hours. Coordinators hope these changes show the community and espeically those they’re helping that their suffering last week wasn’t in vain. They also hope that these changes will prevent it all from happening again.
The Egan Warming Centers will be open Friday night and volunteers are already on standby for Saturday and Sunday. Folks should be let in around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.