EUGENE, Ore. – The Egan Warming Center will open up its centers Monday night because temperatures are expected to dip below freezing.
The Egan Warming Center has been in existence for nearly ten years. Their goal is to provide a warm place for people living on the streets.
Last year, the program opened seven centers and served more than 1,600 people.
Director of the program, Shelly Corteville, said they will have capacity for 300 people for Monday night.
“We want to make sure they have a place to come in, get warm, have a hot meal, and feel safe," she said.
This year, seven of those centers will open to adults and one open to youth.
“We save lives doing this,” Corteville said. “Every night we are activated we save lives.”
She said volunteers at the warming centers pull out cots for people to sleep on and provide breakfast the next morning.
Corteville said they are still in need of volunteers. She said all who wish to volunteer must first go through training.
The locations and hours of each center are located on the Egan Warming Center website. Corteville said volunteers can also find the volunteer training application online.