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Utah County Opens First-Ever Warming Centers During Provo’s Cold Months

By Katerina Gasset

Brrr! It's that time of the year when our beloved Provo turns into a frosty wonderland. We're talking about the kind of cold that makes you appreciate a warm cup of cocoa and a cozy fireplace.

But today, I want to chat about something beyond the winter chill – it's about warming hearts and hands in our community. Utah County is taking a big step this winter to help those in need with its first-ever warming centers. This isn't just news; it's about caring, community, and making a difference where it matters most in these frosty times.

Utah County's Warm Initiative

Photo of a homeless person in winter clothes, sitting on a signage that says HELP
  • What's Happening: For the first time ever, Utah County is opening warming centers this December.
  • Why It Matters: These centers provide a safe, warm place for the homeless during cold winter months.
  • The Plan: Collaborating with Mountainland Continuum of Care to address homelessness in a practical, compassionate way. Contact CoC here: Continuum of Care Emergency Hotlines

The Warming Centers in Utah County: A Closer Look

Picture this: It's freezing outside, the kind of cold that bites at your fingers and toes. Now imagine not having a warm place to go. That's the reality for many, but Utah County is stepping up.

These warming centers are more than buildings; they're lifelines during the harsh Utah winters. They are safe zones where warmth extends beyond just the temperature. They offer comfort, hope, and a space where community members can find relief from the cold.

Warming Center Locations in Provo, Utah

A photo of the Provo Temple in Utah County - one of the locations of the warming centers to be set up for the homeless in Provo

Utah County plans to strategically place these warming centers to be easily accessible, especially considering the biting cold of Provo’s winter.

Here’s where you can find them:

  • Center 1: Located in downtown Provo, easily accessible for those in the heart of the city.
  • Center 2: Near the northern part of Provo, catering to people in and around the area.
  • Center 3: Situated towards the south side, ensuring coverage across different parts of the city.
  • Additional Locations: Several more scattered around key areas in Utah County, each designed to offer respite from the harsh weather.

Essentials Provided in Each Warming Center

Photo of piled up winter clothes created by Katerina Gasset, owner of the Move to Provo website

Utah County has thoughtfully equipped these centers to ensure they are more than just a place to escape the cold. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is also providing funds for needed supplies like cots, toiletries, and cleaning products in partnership with this initiative.

Here's what they offer:

  • Warm Beds: Comfortable bedding to ensure a good night's sleep in a warm environment.
  • Hot Meals and Drinks: Nutritious meals and beverages to provide sustenance and warmth.
  • Clothing: Access to warm clothing items like coats, gloves, and hats for those who may not have enough.
  • Basic Hygiene Facilities: Clean restrooms and facilities for basic hygiene needs.
  • First Aid: Access to basic first aid for any immediate health concerns.
  • Information and Resources: Guidance on accessing additional services and support for homelessness and related issues.
  • A Sense of Community: An environment that fosters camaraderie and support among those who visit.

My Personal Take

  • A Touching Move: It's heartening to see such concrete steps being taken.
  • Community Impact: This kind of support can really change lives in Utah County.
  • Hopeful Development: It gives a glimmer of hope and shows the power of community action.

But it's not just about providing shelter. These centers are a step towards addressing the larger issue of homelessness. It's about giving dignity, support, and a helping hand. And you know what? It's a reminder that a little bit of warmth can go a long way.

More Than Just Shelter

  • Dignity and Support: These centers offer more than just warmth; they offer a sense of safety and respect.
  • A Step Forward: Tackling homelessness with practical and immediate solutions.
  • Community Involvement: A chance for all of us to get involved and make a difference.

Now, let's talk about what we can do. We're part of this community, and there are ways we can support this initiative. Whether it's volunteering, donating, or just spreading the word, every little bit helps.

How We Can Help

Photo of two hands warming each other in the middle of winter
  • Volunteering: Lend a hand at the centers and be part of the solution.
  • Donations: Every contribution, big or small, can make a huge difference.
  • Awareness: Spread the word and raise awareness about this noble cause.

Utah County's move to open warming centers is a big deal. It shows compassion, action, and a commitment to taking care of each other. As someone who believes in the power of community, I’m proud to see this kind of initiative in our area.

Stay tuned for more stories, updates, and ways we can all contribute to making Provo and its surrounding areas a better place for everyone. Together, we can make a difference, one warm, helping hand at a time. Here’s to a community that cares and actions that speak louder than words! 🤝❄️🏠


UPDATE:
Here are the current locations of the warming centers in Provo:
1. Provo Adventist Community Center - 255 S 700 E St · (801) 377-3788
2. Genesis Project Church - 875 S 170 E, Provo, UT 84606
3. Provo Community Church - 175 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601

For more info, contact Mountainland Coc here: https://mountainlandcoc.org/emergency-shelterhousing-help.html


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About the author of Move to Provo Utah Website 

Katerina Gasset

When I moved here I was blessed to have my daughter to help with different things you need to know when you move to a new place. I had background from living here before but things have changed a lot too since the '80s. 

We were able to get all the good places to eat down fast - since she knows all that and we have a lot of the same likes in food. But things like how to turn on my electricity or what power company services my home... well... I was at a total loss! 

I know that other people moving to Provo don't always have family here to guide and help them. And most people don't have a real estate agent who gives them a welcome package on all the important numbers and places they need to know. 

My goal is for this website to be your go to resource for everything you need to know before, during, and after you move here to Provo, Utah. I want you to have the best experience and love living here as much as I do

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