Egan Warming Center On Standby For Saturday

Nov 13, 2014

The Egan Warming Center, which offers shelter for homeless people in Eugene and Springfield on freezing nights, is on standby to activate this Saturday night.

The Egan Warming Center is named after Major Thomas Egan who froze to death on a cold night in Eugene in 2008.
Credit Egan Warming Center

Bill Winkley is the newly appointed coordinator for the Egan Warming Center. He says they were taken by surprise by the early onset of cold weather this week. Their season runs from the 15th of November through March 31st.

Winkley: "We don’t want anybody unnecessarily to be having to spend the night out in the cold when we could be ready to go with a warm bed and 2 hot meals and shelter."

Winkley says Egan coordinators may look at opening earlier next year. He says they learned from last year's long cold snap that they need more volunteers.

Winkley: "It just went on and on and we just totally wore out our volunteers."

Besides volunteers, The Egan Warming Center is looking for a new site for youth under 21 to sleep.  klcc news.

The next training for Egan Warming Center volunteers is Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 at Springfield Adventist.

There's another training Thursday November 20th at Church of the Resurrection in Eugene.

More information at eganwarmingcenter.com