The Hermiston Warming Station opened on Monday after all.
The nonprofit emergency shelter had pushed out its opening date to Dec. 1 due to a shortage of volunteers. But after adding an extra round of trainings over the weekend, the shelter got a last-minute surge of volunteers and is able to staff the shelter from now through the end of February.
The shelter is in a house at 1075 S. Hwy 395, across from Tower Apartments. Board chair Teesie Hill said last year it served 84 different people throughout the winter, from homeless residents to stranded travelers to families whose heat went out.
The warming station does not serve meals, but does provide guests with small snacks and hot drinks like coffee and cider. Donations of those items, along with cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, toiletries, ear plugs, socks, gloves and hand warmers are welcome. To donate, call 360-508-4523 to arrange for a drop-off time.
For updates on the Hermiston Warming Station, visit its Facebook page.