Winter Shelter

Winter Shelter


Did you know that during the cold winter months, there is an increase in the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County? To accommodate this increased need, the Lancaster County Council of Churches (in conjunction with the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness) runs an emergency winter shelter for women and their children at the YWCA December through mid-March. To keep the doors open, volunteers from various congregations run the shelter during their assigned week. HUMC’s week to run the shelter is February 12-18.


WHO:    Volunteers from HUMC who are willing to help with setting up and running the emergency winter shelter for women and women with children who are experiencing homelessness

WHAT:  To check-in the guests each evening and to staff the shelter during overnight hours

WHERE: The shelter is located in the gym of the Lancaster YWCA 110 N. Lime Street, Lancaster

WHEN:  The week of Feb. 12 – 18. The shelter is open for guests from 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Volunteers will be serving from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to check-in the guests and from 9:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. to run the shelter overnight.

WHY:      During the winter months, there is an increase in homelessness in Lancaster that results in a shortage of emergency shelter beds. Since 2005, the Emergency Winter Shelter opens each year from December 8 to March 20.

Volunteers Needed

8-10 Volunteers will be setting up from 6:30 p,m, to 9:00 p.m. in the following roles.

Greeter at front door
Receptionist – check guests in
Security check
Elevator operator
Hostess station
Lay out beds

4 Volunteers are needed from 9:30 pm. to 8:30 a.m. to stay overnight, check women out and clean up the next morning.

winter shelter


Winter Shelter Signup

  • NOTE: Monday Feb 12 overnight is full - Wednesday Feb 14 Evening Setup is full - Thursday Feb 15 Evening Setup and Overnight are full - Friday Feb 16 overnight is full