The Astoria Warming Center began in November 2014 in response to citizens’ concerns that there was no warming center in Astoria to provide a safe, warm place for the homeless population in the city during severe weather. With a City Council member’s leadership, a group of community volunteers organized and began to operate the center during the first winter season in a vacant city-owned building.
The 100% volunteer effort continued for a second season in 2015 after the First United Methodist Church partnered with the center to provide a space for the center in their parish hall during the severe weather season, and allowed the center to install a shower and laundry facility on their premises.
Fast forwarding to 2021, we are now approaching our 8th season that is set to begin this November. Staff and volunteers still operate the center, providing shower and laundry service year round through the off-season.
With ongoing community support the Astoria Warming Center will continue to operate as a low-barrier warming center meeting the most basic needs of those who are unsheltered in our community. Together we are building a stronger community!
“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.”
― Germany Kent