People without homes in Salem were welcomed into a Warming Shelter managed by the ARCHES Project of the Mid Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. The additional shelter beds were available Sunday, February 18 through Thursday, February 22. This was made possible by the generosity of many in the community. Over 50 community volunteers came to work during the three nightly shifts. The shelter was open from 8:00 PM until 7:00 AM.
Experienced ARCHES staff worked as the leads on most shifts. The Yellow Cab Company provided free rides for both guests and volunteers needing transportation to and from the shelter. This service was essential. The first three nights were hosted by First Congregational Church. The last two nights were hosted by First Christian Church and were located in their Morgan Building, adjacent to the church.
This Warming Shelter was at capacity some nights. Staff is grateful to Salvation Army for opening additional space and receiving overflow people, so that no one had to be turned away.