Community contributions help warming center

Community contributions help warming center

MARQUETTE — A local warming center is seeing a little more traffic thanks to the recent plunge in temperatures, but they’re not slowing down thanks to help from the community.

Room at the Inn in downtown Marquette has had plenty of traffic since the winter hit, serving anywhere between 40 to 60 meals a day. That doesn’t phase them though. That’s thanks to community contributions made in December and even more that continue to come in this month. Donations range from everyday items to even large appliances.

Executive Director Doug Russell says, “Donations have come in many different forms. We’ve had one donor who was able to purchase for us a whole new washer and dryer. We have shower facilities here for our guests, and so we go through a lot of towels everyday. Just somebody who is willing to do that, pay for something like that is tremendous, and we’ll have a new refrigerator coming as well, so, and that’s just one donor – but it’s been that kind of month.”

Aside from providing shelter, volunteers and advocates assist the guests in finding them permanent housing and other necessities.

“But whether it be for employment, maybe it’s health care or any other document chase,” Russell added, “that’s what our staff will work with them everyday to help them regain their independence.”

For information on Room at the Inn and how to volunteer click here.