Fairbanks non-profit No Limits officially opens new warming station
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks non-profit No Limits has officially opened its new warming center to help the homeless.
As of Thursday January 28th, 2021, the new warming station located at 1401 South Cushman Street is open to assist those in need of a warm place to stay.
Roscoe Britton, Program Director for No Limits told us, “The warming station is really an extension of our warming center. Because of the location of the warming center, we’re not able to effectively meet all the people that need this type of service. The impact of this would be another place where an individual can come, get something to eat, get warm, and preferably be able to meet with some other agencies to get some referrals or service - because the main goal is to get them out of homelessness, find out what their barriers and challenges are, and help them get from off the streets and into housing.”
The warming station provides food, warm clothing, and shelter to those in need, as well as outreach to other organizations who specialize in getting homeless individuals back on their feet. This accomplishment isn’t just No Limits’ alone - many other organizations contributed to the station’s opening.
“We have some monetary help from the Native Movement Organization, the Alaska Community Foundation, United Way, Golden Heart, and the city. A bunch of community members lately just out of nowhere called and donated their stimulus checks in order for us to get this done. Without the contribution and the donations and the funding from a lot of different organizations and a lot of people, this probably wouldn’t be here,” said Britton.
Mayor of Fairbanks Jim Matherly, who was present for the opening of the warming station, made a statement congratulating No Limits on the accomplishment.
“You know what’s really great about an effort to put this into place is that it’s here to save lives. Just think about that! It gets so cold here in Fairbanks that folks that are walking now have a place to come in and get warm, something that a lot of us take for granted. I really want to thank No Limits, and I want to thank Tanana Chiefs Conference, for these kinds of facilities are needed - and the next time that you see somebody walking, and they’re near here on Cushman street, let them know there’s a warming center,” said Matherly.
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