Newberry Eagle Joins Warming
“One of the most humane and worthy things to support is making sure that adults and children aren’t suffering from being hungry or out in the cold,” affirmed Ken Mulenex, the Newberry Eagle’s General Manager. “Those are the very worst circumstances I can think of.
“Our board of directors agreed we needed to do something to prevent that from occurring in our town, and voted to help support the Warming Center with a monthly financial donation through our coldest season.”
Now in its second year, the Warming Center was established “in the dead of winter” by lead pastor Chad Carpenter, his parishioners at Calvary Chapel, and those in the community who “felt compelled to come forward in meeting an acute need.
“Everyone knows that this is a rough place to be homeless – especially in the winter,” Carpenter recounted. “As temperatures plummeted, and snow continued to fall, it came to me that ‘we have a small church, but we’ve got some space, and it’s easy to get to.’ Let’s just put out the word, and see what happens.
“In just a few hours, unsolicited financial contributions totaling $1,000 (such as $100 from the Boy Scouts) came pouring in,” continued Carpenter. “Tons of people offered to help us. I’ve never seen anything like this before. We even ran out of space to store the donations – what a cool problem to have!”
Making a distinction between what he terms a “hand up” and a “hand out,” Carpenter noted that “we needed to come to terms with the fact that we can’t change the circumstances of those who use the Warming Center. All we can do is meet an urgent need at the moment.”
The Warming Center is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. when nighttime temperatures are forecasted to be 10 degrees or less. Snacks are provided at night, as well as a hot breakfast in the morning. For more information, contact Carpenter c/o the La Pine Park & Recreation District (542-536-2223).