Temporary Safe Outdoor Space Seeks Blanket Donations During Cold Snap | Local News

The Missoula Temporary Secure Outdoor Space (TSOS) is in dire need of additional blankets during the current cold snap.

The safe, sanctioned, and service-rich encampment for homeless Missoulians, supported by the United Way of Missoula County and staffed by Hope Rescue Mission, calls for new or lightly used blankets (preferably wool).

“Right now the 20 people staying at TSOS are really struggling to stay warm in their tents,” United Way CEO Susan Hay Patrick said in a press release. “We hope generous Missoulians will have blankets they don’t use and donate, or people will consider buying blankets for their homeless neighbors. It could make a huge difference on those freezing winter nights. Patrick said blankets become personal items that travel with individuals as they arrive at durable housing.

Donations can be dropped off at Hope Rescue Mission’s Hope Thrift store, 702 SW Higgins Ave., in Missoula this week. The boutique is open Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 29-30) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed from 31 Dec. to Jan. 30 3. Regular hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) resume Jan. 4.

In the first 12 months of TSOS operation, 30% of residents – 26 people – moved into stable housing after receiving services at TSOS, the statement said. Others received help obtaining identity cards and received various support services designed to help them overcome barriers to housing.

United Way of Missoula County brings people together to identify problems and develop creative, lasting solutions that change lives and build a stronger community for all. Visit MissoulaUnitedWay.org for more information.