VICTORVILLE – As you walk or drive through the streets of Victorville, or any other surrounding cities for that matter, you will see homeless people. The situation is a problem and often times the individuals are not ready for change, but they still need a warm place to stay during the frigid nights. Every day the Victor Valley Rescue Mission offers assistance to those in need, whether they are just struggling financially or they are homeless.
The warming shelter is one service provided by the Victor Valley Rescue Mission. Each year the Victor Valley Rescue Mission opens up a warming shelter to assist anyone who need to escape the cold. The warming shelter opens each night when temperatures are expected to fall below 34 degrees, providing not only a warm place to stay but snacks and resources. Families with children are also welcome at the warming shelter.
This year the warming shelter opens on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the High Desert Events Center at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in the Alaska Building. Those needing a place to stay for the night should enter through Gate D, at the Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in the City of Victorville. The warming shelter is expected to be open through Saturday, November 19, 2016, and will reopen thereafter, depending on the AccuWeather forecast.
Cots, blankets, bathrooms, soups, water, coffee, hot chocolate, cup of soups, and pastries are provided during the overnight stay. There are no accommodations at this time for pets of any kind, so those with pets are asked to make other arrangements for the overnight care of pet(s). The shelter is opening with 40 cots, which will be provided to individuals on a first come, first served basis.
Volunteer Coordinator, Jeremy George said that the Victor Valley Rescue Mission is in need of volunteers at the warming shelter, especially during the late night and early-morning hours. Donations of bottled waters, coffee, creamer, sugar, hot cocoa, cup of soups, and pastries are needed. Also needed, is blankets, jackets, and hygiene items. Financial contributions are also always welcome and appreciated to help the Victor Valley Rescue Mission with the costs involved with operating the shelter and providing other services to those in the community.
For more information or to volunteer, you can call Jeremy George at (760)955-5958.
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