La Crosse Warming Center

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Catholic Charities is very excited to announce that through collaboration with other community organizations, we have found a larger temporary location to move the La Crosse Warming Center.

We are currently making plans to create a triaging system to use our current location as an isolation shelter and offering a secondary new space to provide a place to stay for those who are homeless.

Our new location will be at Cathedral School, 1319 Ferry St.  La Crosse.  We are in the process of planning the move, engaging additional partners, and reviewing procedures to ensure this addition a success.  We are planning to offer this additional service within 2 – 3 days.  We will be updating the community through our website –, social media, and local media outlets.

The La Crosse Warming Center’s mission is to work with the greater La Crosse community to better serve those experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect by providing a safe and warm place for homeless adults 18 years and older to get in out of the cold during the winter months from November 1 until April 30. The new space for the Warming Center will be at 413 South Third Street in La Crosse and will be able to accommodate up to 40 guests. Guests will now be able to take a shower and wash their clothes. Hours for the new center will be from 7:00 pm until 8:00 am, Monday through Sunday, including holidays. The center offers open intake from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm each night. After 9:00 pm the police, hospitals or Salvation Army can refer guests. The center does allow those individuals who are currently suffering from mental health and/or addictions to enter the facility as long as they are acting in a calm and respectful manner. To keep the doors open, hundreds of volunteers from area churches and the community are needed to staff the center.

Guest Needs for 2020
*We appreciate your support given to the Warming Center and our guests! Below is our list of needs, however, please remember monetary donations are vital to keep our Warming Center open. Make a monetary donation today!

Sugar Disposable Razors
Cereal Chapstick/Lip Balm
Ramen To Go Cups Deodorant
Granola Bars Shampoo 20 oz or Larger
Breakfast Items To Go Conditioner 20 oz or Larger
Juice or Juice Mix Body Wash 20 oz or Larger
Laundry Soap Hair Brushes
Dish Soap New Underwear M/F
Shower Towels (Gently Used or New) Long Johns (Adult Size)
Toilet Paper Winterized Gloves
Paper Towels Duffle Bags and Book Bags
Any Cleaning Products Men’s Work Boots Size 10 and Up
Hand Warmers Men’s Clothing Size 2X or Larger

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