First Lutheran is joining with other area ELCA congregations to support the Warming Center this winter. The Warming Center is a local shelter in downtown La Crosse, that serves up to 40 guests staying over night, from November 1–April 30. The center provides a warm place and a meal for people in our community who are without other options. It’s a truly life-saving service to the guests and makes a difference in our community.
What can you do to help?
ELCA churches have committed to providing volunteers and meals the first two Fridays of each month, from November through April. Volunteers are needed to greet and sign in guests, put away their personal items, get them assigned to a spot in the sleeping room, help in the kitchen and visit with the guests, and be on hand overnight to do some cleaning or visit with folks who aren’t sleeping. There are early evening shifts 6:30-9pm, overnight shifts 9pm-11pm, or 9pm-3am, 3am-8am, and early morning shifts 6:30-8am, serving breakfast and helping people get on their way for the day. The shelter closes at 8am each morning. We also need people who are willing to provide a meal for those first two Fridays/month. Each person is asked to provide a meal to feed 20 people. You can contact
The Hunger Task Force for the ingredients, just tell them you are preparing a meal for the Warming Center. Make a meal with friends, or do it as a family.
If you think your might be interested in volunteering, come to a training session to get a tour and learn about what you will be doing as a volunteer.
Oct. 8 sessions: 1–2pm or 6–7pm
Oct. 9 sessions: 1–2pm or 6–7pm
Oct. 10 sessions: 1–2pm or 6–7pm
De-Escalation training is also available October 15 and 16, 6–7:30pm. If you cannot make either of those two dates do not worry because a monthly training will be offered! Pizza will be provided; RSVP for the de-escalation training by October 14 directly to Leticia Silva firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Bridget Crave using the form below…