Town of Payson homeless warming center

Volunteers are all smiles while helping out the warming center. Dinner is a 5:30 p.m. every night at the Mount Cross Lutheran Church, near Safeway.

After four cold winter months, the Payson Homeless Initiative and Homeless Veterans Initiative program at Mount Cross Lutheran Church has closed for the year.

Between Dec. 15 and March 17, more than 200 individuals received a hot meal, a warm, safe place to spend the night and a breakfast snack in the morning.

Because of the government guidelines for COVID-19, the center closed two weeks early.

Each night, 17 to 30 homeless persons — men, women, children and their pets — found a place to stay. They sheltered those that are chronically homeless, some that had found themselves suddenly without a place to stay and others who were transiting from one city to another.

Many individuals and community groups shared the responsibility of checking folks in to the center, cooking meals, providing clothes and monitoring and cleaning the bunkhouse.

For any questions, call 928-978-5968.

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