Warming Center

The warming center is not currently open.  Please check back for additional details should the weather worsen, with rain predicted (at least 50%) for two consecutive nights.  You may also call the warming center hotline at 710-4330.

Recent Storm: During the recent storm over the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, we were able to shelter 19 people over three nights, with 27 shelter nights. With the assistance of more than 20 volunteers, we were able to help individuals and families come in from the storm on the darkest of nights.  Please know we are very appreciative to everyone who assisted.

When will it be activated again?  A warming center, operated by the 5Cities Homeless Coalition, for those needing shelter from the storm will open when rain is predicted for two consecutive nights at least 50%.

Where & For What Hours?

5:00 pm to 8:00 a.m.
Department of Social Services Conference Room 128
1086 Grand Ave.
Arroyo Grande

On site contact, and information number:

805-710-4330 – Warming Center Hot Line

Those seeking shelter from the storm are invited to utilize the warming center when it is open.  At the center guests are provided a safe dry place to sleep, and a hot meal.  Unfortunately the facility cannot accept pets, nor is smoking allowed.  Guests are asked to not arrive before 5 p.m. and come no later than 9:00 p.m. The center will close by 8:00 a.m. each morning.  In addition to hot meals, guests can play board games, watch a movie or simply relax.  Sleeping bags and mats will be provided as available.

The center has an open door policy.  Sobriety is not a condition for entry, however no drugs or alcohol are permitted.  Once at the shelter, guests will not be permitted to return if they leave.

The warming center may be activated on future dates, depending on weather conditions.  For up to date information about operation of the warming center, call 710-4330, or visit www.5CHC.org

We would especially like to thank the following for their generous support and commitment in helping make this possible: Arroyo Grande Community Hospital – Dignity Health, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, County of San Luis Obispo, City of Arroyo Grande, community service partners and our many community volunteers and donors.

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Harvesting Hope Festival, Oct. 27, 2013


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You may purchase your tickets at the door or by clicking the ticket button at left  for the 2nd Annual Harvesting Hope Festival  happening this Sunday, October 27 in Nipomo at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, 1645 Trilogy Parkway.

The Harvesting Hope Festival is a celebration of locally handcrafted art, food and wines. Produced by the Trilogy Service Club, the event showcases the works of local artists, wineries and the residents of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes. The event is a fundraising benefit with all proceeds benefiting the 5Cities Homeless Coalition.

Come any time between Noon and 4:00 p.m. to enjoy a simple meal of hearty homemade soups in handcrafted bowls with bread. For a $25 donation you choose a handcrafted bowl made by members of the Trilogy Service Club. Enjoy the meal, keep the bowl and know you have helped to make a difference.

Stroll the grounds to enjoy great music by Pacific Swing and Harpist Toni Destro, sample local wines and peruse the works of local artists. Local wineries offering tastings for a $10 donation include Calcareous, C Nagy, Kenneth Volk, Riverbench, Sinor-Lavallee, Toucan Wines, and Wines for Humanity.

Local artists that will be on site displaying their works include Margareta Lund: jewelry, Melissa Campbell: glass, Karen Bottom: confections, nuts, Lorri Trogdon: watercolor, acrylic, tiles, glassware, Karen Floyd: ceramics, dichroic glass, pastels, acrylic; Stephany Andrews: Chinese brush painting, dyes on silk, Bonnie Werring and Dorothy Rose: fused glass, jewelry, frames, Marilyn Dover Benson, acrylic, Cindy Moreno, Tink Landers and Jan Dungan: oil, acrylic, cards, ceramics, Melody Alcala and Gregg Wolff: ceramics, Janet Payne: watercolor, Minnie Anderson: graphite, acrylic, Lisa Baker: watercolor, Walter & Rochelle Hoylman: ceramics, Agape Street Art by Eli: flower pots, art, Edward Kuhn: wood and cork, LaVaun Ward: wood and corian, Julie Grimes: olive oil body products, prints, table screens, author Catherine Kitcho: books, and Leslie Hunstad: bronze jewelry.

Purchasing tickets online at www.5chc.org involves a small admin fee on top of the $25 donation. If you prefer you may purchase tickets in person at the Monarch Clubhouse or contact 5Cities Homeless Coalition at (805) 574-1638.

A few of the many generous businesses that have stepped up to help include: Platinum Sponsors: Shea Homes, West Coast Sales & Marketing, Stacey Murphy Prudential; Gold Sponsors Beck & Cale Physical Therapy and Sahara Construction Company; Silver Sponsors Arroyo Grande Glass & Mirror, Donna’s Interiors, Lee Model Home Furniture & Design, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, Smith & Simmons Sales and Bronze Sponsors: Ardy’s Pilates Studio, Crazy Fur Pets, Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital, and Sure Mortgage Solutions.

For a flyer of the event, click here.

We would especially like to thank these sponsors for their support.

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Here are just a few pic of the work being done to prepare for this year’s event!



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Celebration of Trees

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