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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Opens Vacant Building for Winter Shelter

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January 9, 2020
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Sunrise Outreach Center are working together to open a winter shelter for Toppenish area homeless.

TOPPENISH – Even one night out of the cold could save a life. That’s why Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Sunrise Outreach Center of Yakima are partnering to bring shelter, warmth, and a meal to the nearly 170 unsheltered homeless individuals in the Toppenish area.

The local organizations have come together to provide a winter shelter at 508 West First Avenue in Toppenish, the former Napa Auto Parts store, currently owned by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. The shelter is scheduled to open Jan. 15, pending a Toppenish City Council vote on Monday, Jan. 13. The shelter will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week through the end of February. 

Sunrise Outreach team members are preparing for 50 overnight guests initially.

“An unofficial survey counted 168 unsheltered on the streets of Toppenish,” Dave Hanson, Executive Director of Sunrise Outreach said. 

Of those counted, more than 30 individuals expressed willingness to come stay at the shelter and Hanson believes more will join when the doors are open.

“We have, and always will, go beyond the exam room to help our neighbors, offering some space for Sunrise to provide this service is another way we can help save lives. It’s the right thing to do,” Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares said.

Community members who would like to donate food, clothing or other warm essentials can contact Dave Hanson at daveh@socyakima.com or (509) 901-6680.  

“There is a need, and there are people who want to help. This effort helps bring the community together,” Hanson added.