Winter Overnight Shelter
Warmth and Safety
I’m not afraid to take a stand everybody - come take my hand we’ll walk this road together through the storm whatever weather, cold or warm just let you know that, you’re not alone hola if you feel that you’ve been down the same road
- Eminem "Not Afraid"
The St. Joseph Winter Shelter provides overnight shelter and ‘meal bags’ for fourteen homeless men, age 50 and older, five nights a week from October through April. The program tries to offer a night's rest in an environment of dignity, respect and safety.
The St. Joseph Winter Shelter came into being in 1992 in response to a need presented by the Archdiocesan Housing Authority’s St. Martin de Porres Shelter. St. Martin’s can sleep 212 men a night but the need far outweighs the available space during the cold winter months, hence the satellite shelter system was created. There are now 8 local churches working with St. Martin’s to provide 34 beds a night during the winter months.
Please consider volunteering as a host. Hosts work in pairs and sign up for a specific night once a month. The two hosts spending the night provide hospitality and a sense of community among them and the men. Meal providers use their own funds to prepare a meal for the men to take the next morning. They are scheduled on the day of their choice once a month or every six weeks.
Meal providers can deliver the meals between 8:00am - 10:00pm. The men appreciate the fact that someone has thought enough of them to make sure they have food for the day. Shelter volunteers are men and women of all ages, special people who aren’t afraid to face a population and a life style that might be different than their own. To volunteer contact Deacon Steve at stevew@.