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 Warming Center is part of our downtown office located at 413 South Third Street in La Crosse. Guests are able to take a shower and wash their clothes. Hours for the center are 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.
**Due to COVID-19 safe distance recommendations**, we must change our service number to provide safe service. The La Crosse Warming Center will open its doors on November 1st, 2020, but we will only be able to offer nightly service for up to 15 adult men or women. We are reassessing our space to see if we can squeeze a couple more in, but with safe distance and COVID recommendations by the county, we are unsure if that will be possible. The center will continue to offer a warm place to sleep, shower, do laundry, and get something to eat.
This downtown office will continue to provide service through our Immigration Program, St. Lawrence Housing and Charitable Outreach Program, Food Pantry/Men’s Clothing Closet, and Rep Payee Program. Our offices are open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm, and Friday by appointment. Charitable Outreach is available for walk-ins on Mondays from 9 am – 4 pm.
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!
|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|