The Klamath Family Warming Center’s first season was a wonderful success. This partnership between Klamath Assembly of God and KLCAS provided warm beds and meals to 68 guests throughout our coldest months. Many guests stayed multiple nights, creating a feeling of community.
Without church and community volunteers hosting an average of 17 guests at the center each night, the program would not have been as successful. Financial support was received from Community Action Team (St. Helens, Oregon), Meyer Memorial Trust, and KLCAS. The American Red Cross, Sky Lakes Medical Center, ALSCO and private donors helped with cots, blankets, and other needs.
Thanks to the drive and leadership of Pastor Kevin Drake, the center opened December 15 and stayed open every night until March 15. The Warming Center’s staff member, Jonathan Drake provided a stable presence in managing the nightly operations. Volunteers hosted each night, prepared meals, cleaned after each session, and provided overall maintenance.
While providing nightly shelter was an immediate goal, KLCAS’s homeless prevention team was also able to help four guests find and maintain permanent housing through other programs. Klamath Assembly of God and KLCAS are already planning for next year to build on this year’s results.