A local campsite known for its summer programs has recently started to offer temporary shelter for the homeless, when other facilities in the area are full.
Camp Lacamas Retreat & Conference Center includes 10 cabins equipped with electric heat, lighting and bunk beds. There are also two restroom buildings with showers.
Offering the facility as a warming shelter is a new venture.
“We just felt it was a very good use of our camp during the deep winter months when bookings are slower,” said Booking Manager Kalani Culley. “Traditionally, December and January are not times when we are getting the bookings that we normally get during other months. It gives us the freedom to do something more community oriented.”
So far this winter, one family has stayed in the camp for a few days.
“We’ve had a soft opening as a warming shelter,” Culley said. “During very, very cold times, there will be an overflow. We’ll know more as we become more connected with the shelters that are already providing services.”