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La Crosse Warming Center

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 15 homeless adults, 18 years and older to get in out of the cold during the winter months. Our doors are open November 1 through March 31.  We are located in the lower level of the First Baptist Church, 1209 W. Main St. The Center’s hours are from 9 pm - 7 am, Monday-Sunday. The center offers open intake from 9 pm -10 pm. After 10pm the police, hospital or Salvation Army can refer clients. 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 manor. To keep the doors open, hundreds of volunteers from area churches and the community are needed to staff the center. To volunteer or for more information, call Mary Fitzpatrick at Catholic Charities, 608.782.0710 x 220. 

Spring Needs
The Warming Center is in need of these items for our guests:

  • Hats (with masks too)
  • Gloves
  • Warm Shirts & T-Shirts (XL & XXL needed most)
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • Plastic Tarps

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"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a sojourner and you welcomed me" Matthew 25:35