Homelessness is a significant problem even in the most affluent areas of Georgia. On any given night, when temperatures approach freezing, Roswell can have as many as 100 homeless looking for a warm shelter. For more than ten years, North Fulton County has tried to address the problem of providing an ease of entry location in the community, but with little success.
Roswell Rotary decided to support the opening of a Warming Center for use by the homeless when temperatures dropped to freezing. Together with North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) and with funding from a Rotary District Grant, we purchased mats, sheets, blankets, and other supplies to provide overnight accommodations for up to 40 persons. The Warming Center is a non-invasive approach for the community and a break-through step in heretofore overcoming the negativity of providing any type of permanent structure, or NIMBY.
When the Warming Center is open, more than 20 Roswell Rotarians assist NFCC staff to provide onsite volunteering, food, clothing, and mentoring. For the past 35 years, NFCC has demonstrated their sustainability as a social agency to service the homeless and is a primary reason for Roswell Rotary to team up with them for the Warming Center.
Since 2014, Roswell Rotary has provided mentors and volunteers for Stand Up For Kids, an agency that addresses High School homelessness. The Warming Center was a natural extension of our continued commitment to positively impact the lives of the homeless.