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Roseburg warming center opens early as temperatures drop

Organizers say the center wasn’t suppose to open until Nov. 15.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 7:08 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The DREAM Warming Center opened its doors three weeks early due to the dropping temperatures this week.

Organizers said the center wasn’t supposed to open until Nov. 15.

However, since the temperatures are supposed to dip into the mid-20s, they wanted to open to make sure all homeless people had a warm place to sleep.

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“You wake up in the morning, you see frost on the ground,” said Christopher Hutton, lead organizer for the DREAM Warming Center. “You know, we can’t just sit back and let people wait, make them sit out in the cold like that. It’s just way too cold.”

Hutton said volunteers are needed right now. He said they need at least 18 volunteers every night in order for things to run smoothly.

He said they have 10 volunteers signed up for the whole season in total.

Hutton said anyone interested in volunteering can visit their Facebook page.

The warming center will be open Monday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at their downtown Roseburg location on Southeast Lane Avenue.

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