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.
Support the Warming Center Guests at the Co-op!
Do you shop at People’s Food Co-op? During the month of November, your purchases of Co-op Basics products will help support our homeless guests who have nothing in La Crosse! In 2017, we served 310 unduplicated guests. Thank you for your support of the Co-op and Catholic Charities!!
Guest Needs for 2018
*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!
|Coffee (Caffeinated)||Men’s Work Boots (Size 10 and Up)|
|Creamer||Masks (for when you are sick)|
|Cereal||Shampoo 20 oz or Larger (no travel size)|
|Granola Bars||Conditioner 20 oz or Larger (no travel size)|
|Oatmeal||Body Wash 20 oz or Larger (no travel size)|
|Juice or Juice Mix||Cleaning Supplies|
|Men’s Shoes Size 10 and Up||Book Bags|
|Hand Warmers||Shower Towels (Gently Used or New)|
|Hair Brushes||Toilet Paper and Paper Towels|
|Toothpaste||Non-Perishable Food Items|
|Men’s Winterized Gloves||Sweatshirts – Size 3x or larger|