The Interfaith Women's Shelter
Each year since 1990, Interfaith Works has organized the "Emergency Overflow Shelter" to serve as the last resort for single women and women with children when beds at other shelters are full or when individuals are not accepted at other facilities. Between November and April, various congregations host the shelter for two weeks at a time, relying on teams of volunteers to staff overnight shifts, launder bedding, arrange transportation and provide hot meals to the homeless guests. Thanks to everyone who helped the shelter program last winter. 2011-12 "Emergency Overflow Shelter" Hosts and Volunteers
During the winter 2011-12, we provided 1786 bed-nights of shelter, and closely coordinated with Interfaith Works' new homeless advocacy program, SideWalk, which screens clients to access shelter and assists them to acquire other resources they need to get into stable housing.
Beginning November 2, 2012, we have reorganized the shelter as "Interfaith Women's Shelter" providing the same resources but operating on a year-round basis, not just the winter months.
Single homeless women in need of shelter should call the SideWalk Advocacy Center Shelter HelpLine at 360-515-5620 Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be screened. A shelter volunteer will also be available nightly between 7:00-9:00 pm only to arrange urgent access to the women's shelter.
Families seeking shelter should call the Family Support Center's Emergency Shelter Hotline at 360-628-7343.
The Crisis Clinic at 360-586-2800 or 1-800-627-2211 offers 24-hour crisis intervention, support and information/referral to community resources.
Please contact the Interfaith Works office for more information, to donate, or to volunteer at the shelter.