Letter (Cheryl Hanley): South Lake Tahoe’s Warm Room makes perfect sense, if only for one night
I personally want to thank every single person, especially the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, for the success of the Warm Room 2016. The Tahoe Coalition overcame many roadblocks and worked tirelessly.
Lake Tahoe should be proud to report that we now have a warming center. It is long overdue that Tahoe support the people of our town who need shelter from the blistering cold weather. My concern is that it only exists for a few months and everyone deserves a warm place to sleep, every night of the week.
I want to acknowledge Lt. Brian William’s account of the issues he reported from the warm room, but wish Lt. Williams could have spent the night at the warming center or woke up with those guests that were so appreciative to have had a place to sleep. The guests giving thanks to those that watched over them that night. The guests cleaned up, they made coffee, they put their bedding away, they sprayed the cots, they vacuumed the premises, took the garbage out, and in return were treated with the respect that they deserved.
These are the pieces missing from Lt. William’s account of the warming room. I could go to a few bars in this town and see the police arrive a couple times a night, for fights that take place, but that is to be expected. So, please, do not think for one second that Tahoe didn’t help these few people to have a dry, safe and caring environment, if for only one night.
I am extremely pleased with the success and outcome for the first year of warming our people. I believe we need to continue to self-police the warming room in order to keep a safe and secure place for our guests.
Thank you, Tahoe Coalition, for your continued support, hard work, and help in keeping Tahoe warm.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.