EUGENE, Ore. -- Saturday marked the final training day for volunteers working with the Egan Warming Centers around Eugene.
Nearly four years ago U.S. Army General Tom Egan froze to death while living on the streets. Since that time the Egan Warming Centers have been giving Eugene's homeless community a place to escape the cold winter nights.
The volunteer run program has six different locations that provide shelter, clothing and a warm meal. Project manager Doug Bales said that they have about 450 volunteers this year.
"I don't think anyone planned that this was going to be the success it has been here," said Bales. "We're starting the fourth season and we are stronger than ever. opening new sites and providing more services ... it's great!"
Bales said that it costs anywhere from $65,000 to $100,000 to keep the centers fully functioning, most of which the non-profit gets from donations.
For more information on the centers visit their website.