Temporary daytime shelter to open in Winona for those in need

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – A new space is available for Winona community members in need.

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, Edge Church, and Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center are in the process of creating a temporary day shelter for the homeless.

It is in response to the pandemic and the closures of places like the public library and the local Peer Support Network, which provided safe spaces and important resources.

The shelter is located at the Winona Community Warming Center and will provide a place to get out of the heat, meals, showers, and technology for those looking to use Hiawatha Valley’s services.

Organizers say this shelter will play an important role in the community.

“Just to have a safe place where they know they’re coming in and it’s clean, they’re not going to have as high of a risk of infection because there is great PPE there as well, and to be able to support people who really want the services, they want to get the help they need, but there’s no way to do it right now,” said Lynette Johnson, Warming Center Outreach Coordinator

Organizers are hoping to have the shelter up and running early next week, and plan to keep it running until October 31st.

It will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 pm to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Catholic Charities employees, volunteers, and Winona State University students will be staffing the shelter.