Bozeman Warming Center Closes Amid COVID-19 Concerns
HRDC's Warming Centers in Bozeman and Livingston have closed due to concerns of spreading the novel coronavirus. The Warming Center was already planning on closing on March the 31st.
For those without a place to stay overnight, the Bozeman Warming Center location will offer limited services including showers, providing outdoor gear for the homeless, restrooms, and wellness checks. Livingston's Warming Center is working with community businesses to shelter guests and will provide appropriate gear as needed.
Heather Grenier, the HRDC CEO and President, stated in a recent press release:
We know this is a difficult time for our community and particularly those without shelter. This decision did not come lightly and comes at the recommendation of our Advisory Council. The concern stems from the ability to appropriately space sleeping bunks in line with current CDC recommendations and the number and percentage of our Warming Center guests that are included in the high-risk population. We will continue to work with partners to explore alternative shelter solutions. HRDC is committed to taking every precaution considering the vulnerability of our team members, our volunteers, our customers and our community. We have the health and safety of everyone in mind and intend to serve our community in the safest way possible. . .
Food Bank Update
HRDC's Gallatin Valley Food Bank is adjusting as well due to the spread of COVID-19. The Food Bank lobby, bread room, and personal care area is closed to the public. They are offering pre-packed food boxes available for pick up in their parking lot, Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Their Belgrade distribution will operate out of their truck with pre-packed boxes.
Volunteers are welcome to help prepare food boxes. They are taking extra precautions including social distancing, gloves, and hand washing.