Warming shelters open in Clackamas County
As temperatures are expected to drop this week, many without housing in the Sandy and Estacada areas are seeking shelter. At Estacada Food Bank, at least 32 of their regular customers are people who are homeless and have been camping in neighboring wooded areas for some semblance of shelter. Additionally, 20 customers live in vehicles and 28 customers categorized themselves as unhoused.
In Sandy, the city has seen an increase in people who are homeless coming in during the pandemic, but Kirsten Pitzer with the Sandy Community Action Center says because of a lack of warming shelters nearby, she suspects those folks bus out of town on the weekends to the Portland metro area where warming shelters are more plentiful.
According to the Clackamas County website, a warming shelter for community members in Estacada and Sandy is available by referral. Those interested should call beforehand to ensure that there is still availability. For more information, and to arrange transportation, contact the Estacada Area Food Bank, 503-630-2888; the Sandy Police Department, 503- 655-8211, or Antfarm, 503-668-9955
There are additional warming shelters at 920 Shirley St., Molalla, and at Hope City, 5197 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie. An additional shelter at The Father's Heart Street Ministry in Oregon City was full as of Saturday, Feb. 13.
For up-to-date information on warming shelters in Clackamas County, visit
For up-to-date information on potential warming shelters in Clackamas County, visit clackamas.us/socialservices/reliefcenters.html.
A few churches in the Sandy and Estacada area have opened their doors to help those in need of a warm place to stay in the past, but have found difficulties this year because of concern around COVID-19 transmission.
Estacada Community Fellowship typically offers a warming center every winter, but leaders at the church at 209 N.E. Main St., said that isn't possible this year because of restrictions during the pandemic.
Though the Sandy Community Church has opened to facilitate community meals to-go during the pandemic, Pastor Gregg Chastain says the church only typically acts as a shelter if there is a request from local emergency services in the event of a natural disaster.
Sources of sustenance
Though shelter is minimal in the Sandy and Estacada area, those in need of a meal or food box can still find assistance.
The Sandy Community Action Center food pantry is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, at 38982 Pioneer Blvd. There is also a free drive-thru food market, which opens at 9 a.m. every third Thursday and runs while supplies last. For more information, call 503-668-4746 or visit sandyactioncenter.com.
St. Michael's Catholic Church — office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Sandy. For more information, call 503-668-4446 or visit mjaparishescluster.org/contact-st-michael.
Saint Vincent de Paul at Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic Church — 39800 Highway 26, Sandy. Food boxes, and assistance with resources for rent or utilities. For more information, call 503-668-4446.
Estacada Food Bank, 272 Broadway St., is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays for families with a student in the Estacada School District and 4-6 p.m. for all. For more information and online ordering, visit estacadafoodbank.org.
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