By Kiera Morgan
The Lincoln City city council received an update from Amanda Cherryholmes on the work of the Lincoln City warming shelter. She said they have two different churches to serve the homeless during times when the temperature drops to 39 degrees or lower. One church is for single people and the other is for families. The shelters are available December through March when the weather conditions are met. Guests are provided with a meal and a sack lunch to take the next day. Supplies are also provided for shelter guests including warm clothing, shoes and toiletries.
They also provide bus tickets for those who need plus shower and laundry vouchers. Amanda expressed the importance of these items for those who are homeless. “When people are given basic things like the ability to take a shower, wear clean clothes and groom themselves they are able to face society and get back on their feed.” She added “Expecting a homeless person to function in society without rehabilitation is comparable to handing someone a raw steak without a way to cook it.”
This year the shelter was open for 47-nights in the 3-months and served a total of 779 people. She told the council that they would like to find a permanent location for the warming shelter. She added that way they could be open year round as needed. She added that they work collaboratively with other programs that help the homeless in Lincoln City. Cherryholms said they would like more help from the city in securing a permanent building for a year round shelter. Mayor Williams asked to group to come up with a plan and bring it back to the council for further discussion.