EUGENE, Ore. — The Egan Warming Centers say they’re facing a crisis with cold weather approaching and not enough capacity to meet the need.
The centers offer a warm place to sleep for people in Eugene and Springfield when the temperature drops below 30 degrees.
They can help between 300 and 320 people, depending on whether they have access to five or six locations.
“We had, on our last night of the activation 317. So that means, I mean, we’re just maxed out!” says Dan Bryant, Senior Minister at First Christian Church. Volunteers say, to meet the needs of the communities, they need to add more locations.
“We could be in the very difficult situation of turning people away, because it gets unsafe. It becomes unsafe for both our volunteers and for our guests when it becomes overcrowded,” says Bryant.
“We need space that can handle 30, 40, or more, but it can be any church, any community center, public buildings.”
Access to a kitchen isn’t necessary, but the area needs to have bathrooms and heat.
With more people in need than ever before, the Egan Warming Centers can use all the help they can get. If you don’t have the space or time to volunteer, the Egan Warming Centers say they’re always looking for donations of blankets, tents, winter clothing, or anything else that can help people stay warm this winter.