Warming Shelter

Activation status: INACTIVE

Our mission: to ensure that people experiencing homelessness in Cottage Grove and surrounding areas have a safe place to sleep indoors when it is dangerously cold outside.  

During the 2020-2021 season, we activated a total of 9 times, provided 56 beds, and served a total of 28 community members.

Para obtener información sobre el refugio de calentamiento en español, comuníquese con Community Sharing: (541)942-2176

About Us

  • Warming Shelter season: November 1 to March 31
  • Hours: 7 pm to 8 am
  • Weather conditions: will open on nights when the weather is predicted to fall to 32 degrees F or below
  • Location: 224 N 12th St., Cottage Grove (behind the Dari Mart at 1200 E. Main St.)
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • Each shelter has electricity & heat, bed & bedding, chair, place to store personal gear
  • Available: hot food/drinks, toilets and washing stations, smoking area, lockable storage lockers, bike and car parking
  • Access to first aid supplies, clothing, referrals to resource agencies
  • Frequent cleaning
  • All personal data is protected

The Community Sharing Warming Shelter (CSWS) is an emergency winter shelter program administered by Community Sharing Program with support from the City of Cottage Grove and Lane County.

Our warming shelter is located on city property behind the Dari Mart at 1200 E. Main St. Our season runs November 1 to March 31. The shelter is activated when temperatures are anticipated to drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The community and clients will be alerted 48 hours in advance of activations, and this website will be kept updated with our activation status. 

Our site has 18 shelters and a maximum capacity of 35 beds. Our site is staffed by a dedicated team that has received harm reduction, crisis de-escalation, and conflict resolution training. While at the shelter, individuals also have access to hot food and material goods such as blankets, hats, socks, first aid supplies, and more. As a low barrier shelter program, CSWS welcomes everyone who wants to come in from the cold so long as they adhere to the program’s agreements and policies. 

The CSWS is a confidential space. We do not share information about the people who access our  services, or acknowledge that we know or have provided resources to a person, without a release  of information from that person. Exceptions must be made for police and emergency services. 

Want to know more? Want to access these services? Interested in volunteering your time or donating to support us?

Contact Community Sharing and ask for Mike or Kayla

Call us at (541)942-2176

or email us at info@communitysharing.org

Want to donate material items? We are currently accepting donations for the following:

  • Vinyl gloves
  • Clorox wipes
  • Disinfectant
  • Masks (disposable and reusable)
  • Tissues (both boxes and small packets to hand out)
  • Hand sanitizer (both large bottles and small bottles to hand out)
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Warm hats
  • Gloves
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hand warmers
  • First aid kits
  • NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Small mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (small)
  • Conditioner (small)
  • Soap
  • Combs/hairbrushes
  • Ear plugs
  • Lotion (small)
  • Nail clippers/files
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Body Wipes
  • Sewing kits
  • Tea
  • Sugar packets
  • Instant soup packets
  • Instant oatmeal packets

We provide the public with our operating manual so that everyone has access to pertinent information about how we run this program. The CSWS Operating Manual is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D0KXwojFCSk_VAv-k8vpXLEFm8K2R_AzaU8TW2So9yk/edit?usp=sharing