This Year's Project: Washers and Dryers for The Warming Shelter
About Our Organization
Founded in 2013, The Warming Shelter, as a 501c3, offers a 116-bed facility, serves to provide shelter for men, women, children, and families who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to provide assistance that is offered in the context of the furtherance of human dignity by meeting our residents where they are by providing shelter during the coldest months of the year through a trauma informed care approach. The Warming Shelter's mission is to ensure that nobody freezes to death due to the elements. With that purpose in mind, the Warming Shelter serves those individuals who have no other sheltering options. Our organization believes and truly respects all individuals; therefore, the Warming Shelter does not discriminate - allowing anyone and everyone in its doors as long as they are respectful of the space and others around them. The residents served at the shelter enter the shelter for a variety of reasons and from a variety of backgrounds. We strive to maintain a safe community for all individuals - regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability statuses. Our services have evolved into more than a safe, warm facility. November - April, shelter staff provides compassion, dignity and respect combined with warmth and safety 24 hours a day. In addition, those staying with us are provided with food, clothing, personal hygeine, winter attire, and anything else to assist individuals in meeting their basic needs. None of which wouldn't be possible without the generosity of community donors. The Warming Shelter prides itself on the ability to continue to serve the homeless population without accepting any State or Federal funding, nor funding from our local government.
Current Project: Washers and Dryers for The Warming Shelter
The Warming Shelter is excited to announce our 2022 Big Give fundraising goal!
This year we are raising funds with a huge goal of purchasing 4 new commercial washers and 4 new commercial dryers for our facility. It has been a LONG time coming. Our washers and dryers have without a doubt seen better days. Our facility currently houses 3 washers and 4 dryers, HOWEVER, we are currently down to 2 working washers and 1 working dryer. The estimated cost to fix the units that are not currently operating far exceeds the value of the units themselves.
Sadly, because of these circumstances, we are currently unable to allow our residents to use the facility washers and dryers for personal use to launder their own clothing. This is a service that we typically provide to individuals who are accessing our shelter. The majority of our residents take advantage of and appreciate the ability to utilize our washing machines and dryers at no cost. As you can imagine, this has been extremely detrimental to them.
Our hope is to have the ability to purchase 4 new washers and 4 new dryers in time for our upcoming winter season that is right around the corner and begins on November 1, 2022! Siouxland has in the past been been extremely supportive in helping us acheive our mission. We are shooting for the stars with this one! We hope that you will help us meet our goal! Our organization values you all! Thank you for helping us help those who need it the most!
The Warming Shelter is raising funds to put towards
renovations that we are seeking to complete in hopes of increasing the functionality and
safety within our facility. We continuously seek to make changes that enable us to best serve our diverse population of residents.
The renovations that we are looking to complete will be geared towards families that are seeking emergency shelter within our facility,
and individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and needing emergency shelter.
First Aid/CPR Staff Training and Supplies
The Warming Shelter is a local 501c3 nonprofit organization who assists individuals who are homeless during the coldest winder months of the year (November 1-April 30). Our shelter consists of a 116-bed facility serving men, women and families within in a trauma informed approach atmosphere. The staff at The Warming Shelter provide all types of care from resource referrals, basic needs and de-eseclation, among a few others. Due to our staff not being trained in CPR and First Aid, our staff would need to call EMS to provide any of these services; resulting in high inquiries, man power and hours for the city. Our goal for this funding is to be able to provide First Aid and CPR training to our staff members, along with the 2-year certification, as well as provide the staff the necessary supplies needed for first aid care. By providing First Aid and CPR training and certification to our staff members, those trained will be better equipped to provide care as needed to our residents; reducing EMS calls for first aid inquiries. If an emeregency does occur and an individual is in need of CPR, our staff will be equipped to provide this until emergency services arrive, in the hopes of saving an individuals life. We would like to continue to assist and serve our residents as best we can and this funding will enable our staff to do so.
Founded in 2013, The Warming Shelter serves to provide shelter for men, women, children, and families who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless in our 116-bed facility. Our goal is to provide assistance that is offered in the context of the furtherance of human dignity, meeting our residents where they are at, and provide shelter during the coldest months of the year through a trauma informed care approach. The sole purpose of the Warming Shelter is to make sure no one freezes at night. With that purpose in mind, the Warming Shelter serves those individuals who have no other sheltering option. Our organization believes and truly respects all individuals; therefore, the Warming Shelter does not discriminate and lets anyone and everyone in as long as they are respectful of the space and others around them. The residents served at the shelter come from a variety of backgrounds, and we strive to be a safe community for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability status.
Currently, the Warming Shelter is open from November 1-April 30 with the goal of being open year-round. With working towards being a shelter that is open year-round, the Warming Shelter is also working towards having both their day and night shelter in one location along with programming and resources given to those individuals that receive our services. Your donations will assist us in getting closer to achieving these goals. The community of Siouxland has continuously rallied around the Warming Shelter and we appreciate your continued support and gratitude for not only our organization but the individuals that we serve; those that are forgotten about, feel lost, or ignored. Thank you Siouxland!!