The City of Waltham has established an emergency warming station where individuals who live outside, and are not allowed into dry shelters, can come in out of the cold. It is located at the former Jonathan Bright Elementary School on nights when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Community Day Center of Waltham is responsible for hiring the staff for the station’s two shifts–7:30 pm to 1:30 am and 1:30 am to 7:00 am. They need to hire immediately. The pay is $20/hr and the warming station is expected to be open through mid-March. They particularly need staff for the Christmas and New Year holidays. If you are interested, please contact the Executive Director, Carolyn Montalto, at or 781-392-6311.
In addition, The Community Day Center seeks food donations for the emergency warming station. There is no kitchen or cooking at the Bright School, nor is there access to water. Please drop off sandwiches, bottled water, or healthy snacks like granola bars and fruit at the Community Day Center of Waltham, 16 Felton Street, Monday through Friday, 12:30-4:30; or directly to the Bright School at 8:00 pm on nights that it is open. There are no refrigeration and no cooking capabilities, so food must be ready to eat, require no utensils, and not be apt to spoil.
Please remember that we also are in the midst of a winter drive at Temple Beth Israel to benefit the clients of the Community Day Center, which is the only drop-in day shelter for the homeless in Boston’s Metrowest–and it is Temple Beth Israel’s nearby neighbor. They have an urgent need for winter clothing, outerwear, sleeping bags, backpacks and toiletry/hygiene kits. Click here for more information about items to donate to this winter-long effort, and the drop-off point.