- Risk of Hypothermia. Cold environments can lead to hypothermia, depending on a person's age, body mass, body fat, overall health, and length of time exposed to cold temperatures. A frail, older adult, infants and babies sleeping in the cold are at risk for developing mild hypothermia.
- Warming Centers. Warming shelters are opened to those living on the streets when temperatures are forecast to drop below 32 degrees. Shelters are able to pack in as many homeless people as they, so they have a warm, safe place to sit or stand.
- Spokane will provide one Warming Center from November 2015 through the end of February 2016. The City of Spokane will issue releases when the shelters will be open.
The City of Spokane provides funding for Spokane's Warming Center. For more information, contact Community Housing and Human Services: http://www.spokanechhs.org/
Salvation Army Safe Center
204 E. Indiana Avenue
Hours: 24 hours/day
Serving homeless families with children, couples without children and single adult men.
- Couch Surfing. Many of the homeless do not utilize our shelters. Instead, they are staying with friends—“couch surfing” or trying to survive on the streets or in tent camps.
- The homeless need to be off the street to be protected. There are no walls or door locks on a cardboard box. Shelters, beds and affordable housing help curtail violent attacks against the homeless. That being said, some shelters can also be violent and tough places. When people choose to go outside, it’s a very difficult choice to make.
- Volunteer for a warming center shift. Those who volunteer in homeless shelters soon learn that many of the homeless are vets who fought in Desert Storm, Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, and they are not “bums.” If more people paused and got to know homeless people, they would be amazed at some of the stories they would find. To volunteer, call (509) 325-6810.
- Donate winter clothes and blankets. Call (509) 325-6810