ARCHES Project, a division of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, opened the first part of its new adult day center in late July. The center, located at ARCHES’S building at 615 Commercial St., N.E., focuses on serving the homeless population and others in need of rest and shelter during the day. Typically overnight shelters such as Union Gospel Mission are not available to clients for these services during the day. The new center is a successor to ARCHES previous day center located on Madison St., N.E. which closed 2017.

The center now provides limited services. The main room, which can hold over 90 for special events, has couches, light furniture, TV and access to restrooms. Sack lunches are available. The center also serves as a waiting area for clients who want to use other services in the building. The center is opened 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

According to Ashley Hamilton, program manager of ARCHES, daily attendance is over 75 patrons and growing. “We are very pleased,” she said.

Phase II of the center, which is under construction, will include laundry, showers and a kitchen for hot meals. Phase II is scheduled to come online in November.

State homeless assistance funds have paid for the renovation to date. Further state funds and federal funds obtained by the City of Salem will cover the cost of Phase II.

In addition to the day center, the ARCHES’S building will be home to a new sobering center, a safe, clean and supervised space for impaired individuals to become sober and connect to further treatment. The sobering center is intended to relieve some burden on the City’s regional hospital and jail. It is scheduled to open in early 2019.