Beds For Freezing Nights

Activation Alert


  • 48 Hour Standby
  • For Sunday, Feb. 17
  • Activation LIKELY


Beds for Freezing Nights (BFN) is going on 48-hour Standby as meteorologists are indicating that extreme weather conditions are forecast for Sunday, February 17  and possibly beyond. If predicted weather patterns prove accurate then we could be experiencing an entire week of low temperatures, at least on the business days.  

Volunteers are needed to staff the warming center for this possible activation.

All volunteers are requested to confirm your availability or non-availability in the event the BFN warming center opens. Follow the instructions in the email from the scheduling coordinator (

Activation is set to be at First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove. 216 Third Street, Cottage Grove, OR 97424 (Corner of Third and Adams Streets.)

Beds For Freezing Nights

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Providing a safe, warm place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year.


The freezing nights of the winter season are almost here. BFN is Cottage Grove’s non-profit organization dedicated to organizing warming centers in our community that allow individuals and families to come in from the cold on sub-freezing nights. To successfully achieve our mission, we truly need your help!  Coming soon find out how to help in these ways:

  • GET TRAINED - Volunteer Training Date: Saturday Nov. 3rd, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
    • First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. Third Street, Cottage Grove
    • For questions about the training and/or to register, email or call Christine Moats at 541-521-8816.
  • GET THE WORD OUT - Announce and distribute BFN information
  • GET INFORMED - and
  • GET INVOLVED - Join the BFN Coalition.
    • We need shelter volunteers and cash donations.
Beds For Freezing Nights Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, warm place to sleep for those who wish to come inside during the coldest nights of the  Year. Our purpose is to ensure shelter is available for those who need and want it. We are in operation from November 15 through March 31.


Directions to Shelters When Activated

Interactive Directions: First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian From I-5: Gateway Blvd to Main then west. South on 5th to Adams then west. Church on southwest corner of Third. 
First Presbyterian From Downtown Cottage Grove: South on 5th to Adams then west. Church on southwest corner of Third.
Printable Map     Online Map

Activation Policy

Our Warming Centers are activated when the average overnight temperature falls to 29 degrees Fahrenheit or belowCurrent weather. Everyone who is willing to follow our guest agreement is welcome at our warming centers. Pets are welcome within the pet policy at the First Presbyterian Church.


To volunteer, contact Christine Moats at 

What Volunteers Do

All volunteers who work with guests must participate in one of our volunteer training workshops OR consent to onsite training when a shelter is activated. This training includes site set-up and guest intake procedures, crisis intervention techniques, health protocols, and an in-depth discussion of policies and procedures for Beds For Freezing Nights.  

Volunteers must consent to a criminal background check, for safety and insurance purposes. To the extent possible, we try to fit volunteers' interests and availability with specific tasks.


We partner with the following organizations for services:

Cottage Grove Community Sharing:

 We appreciate all monetary donations. Please follow this process for donations:

  1. Download and print the Donation Form from  the Download Center.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Mail the form to the following address.

Beds For Freezing NightsPO Box 1110Cottage Grove Oregon 97424 

Supplies Needed

We greatly appreciate any supplies donated. We currently need the following supplies:

  • Regular Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Instant Hot Cider
  • Sugar, Creamer
  • Non-Refrigerated Juices
  • Snacks, Microwave Popcorn, Fruit Cups, Wrapped Cookies
  • Granola Bars, Oatmeal Packets, and Other Individually Wrapped Breakfast Food.

We also need :

  • Hot drink paper cups
  • Paper bowls (soup size)
  • Napkins, Paper Towels
  • Cold Cups and Plastic Knives and Forks.

Please label any supply donations with the words:  “For BFN.” Donations may be delivered during regular business hours to the following organization: 

Community Sharing Food pantry

1440 Birch Avenue 

Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424 

About Us


 Our mission is to provide a safe, warm place to sleep for those who wish to come inside during the coldest nights of the  Year. Our purpose is to ensure shelter is available for those who need and want it. We are in operation from November 15 through March 31. 


During the winter of 2008-2009, Major Thomas Egan, a homeless veteran, froze to death in Eugene. The event energized the Eugene/Springfield community to found the Egan Warming Center, a program that provides shelter to homeless people during the coldest months of the year.

There had been talk of creating a similar program in Cottage Grove, and some individuals had even done a great deal of preliminary work to try to make this happen, but the founding of the Eugene warming center gave the final impetus to creating a Cottage Grove winter warming center.

A broad coalition of community social service agencies, church leaders, government officials, and public-minded individuals came together in October of 2009 to begin the process of establishing such a project, which was christened Beds for Freezing Nights.

Board of Directors and Officers

Ruth Linoz (Board President and Treasurer)

Profession: Executive Director, South Lane Wheels

James Markus (Secretary and Board Member)

Profession: Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church

Christine Moats (Board Member and Volunteers & Training)

Profession: Retired Student Advisor

Steve Thoreson (Board Member & Logistics)

Profession: Retired

Don Strahan (Board Member and Weather Watcher)

Profession: Retired

Alison Dunlap Center (Board Member, First Presbyterian Liaison)

Profession: Freelance Editorial Assistant

Sella Libby (Former Board Member)

First Presbyterian Liaison for Pet Policy

Joe Mootz (BFN Web Site Manager)

Contact Us

For immediate information call: 541-658-9301

Franklin Perry, Scheduling Coordinator
Christine Moats, Volunteer Training Coordinator
Steve Thoreson, Logistics Coordinator
Jim  Markus, Media Coordinator


Beds For Freezing Nights