The Lincoln Center is Saint Cloud’s newest warming center facility, now serving those seeking refuge from the elements 24/7.
About The Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center is a project of Homeless Helping Homeless that is operated in conjunction with our volunteers, staff members, & supporters. Our organization formed this refuge for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic so our guidelines & recommended procedures have been adjusted to incorporate the guidelines recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health along with our local officials.
Individuals experiencing homelessness are some of the most oppressed individuals within our society.
The Lincoln Warming Center was created to specifically act as a resource to all those experiencing homelessness. We are working to build a center that can act as a refuge for individuals during times when the weather is inclement or when otherwise needing respite from the stress of surviving without the basic necessities in life. Our center is a point of outreach, support, & mutual aid distribution for individuals experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and will attempt to mediate any immediate need within our organization’s means. Within our center we operate a 24/7 community snack bar available to our visitors and guests which features fresh water, hot coffee, an assortment of snacks, & meals each day to our guests and others in need. We also have resources available for guests to use to contact potential employers and housing opportunities, such as wi-fi, computers, and phones. We have televisions to help our visitors pass the time through entertainment, gaming, or otherwise.
Our center is conveniently located on Lincoln Avenue just West of Highway 10. We sit along Metro Bus route 6 (to Transit Center), & are located South of the Eastern St. Cloud Cash Wise Foods, Arby’s & Runnings. We sit North of the Lincoln Depot & are located directly across the street from the First Fuel Bank. We are directly adjacent to the East Side Oil Company & Townsquare Media.
We encourage all visitors & guests to ask staff questions or for resources as needed.
Our facility functions as a 24/7 warming center to serve individuals currently experiencing homelessness along with other individuals in immediate need. We provide temporary refuge to individuals at risk during the harshest weather conditions. We work to serve all those who enter through our doors, be they locally-based or are simply passing through the area.
We have the current capacity to allow for up to 15 adult guests seeking extended temporary refuge within the Lincoln Center. We allow for other visitors seeking immediate respite from the elements into our center and work to ensure that no individual or family to be left out during times of weather extremes. In cases where we are over capacity we work to ensure placement into alternative shelters or finance stays within area hotels.
The Lincoln Center acts as a resource center for those experiencing homelessness or are otherwise at risk. We have computers, WiFi access, and many other supplies on-site to help those seeking refuge find the resources they need toward stability. Our staff will try their best to accommodate immediate needs as they are sought.
Daily Meal Distribution
Our guests and visitors have access to our 24/7 ‘snack bar’ throughout their time within Lincoln Center. Our staff and volunteers also work to ensure that there are several warm meals served throughout the day. Our staff and volunteers are also able to provide ‘street meal kits’ and other rations to those looking for a meal – and would otherwise be without.