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 St. Mary’s Catholic Church December through 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 17-23.

2020 WINTER SHELTER VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

WHO: Volunteers from HUMC who are willing to help run 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 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 South Prince Street, Lancaster.

WHEN: The week of Feb. 17 – 23. The shelter is open for guests from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Volunteers will be serving from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to check-in the guests and from 6:00 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 to the end of March.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed as follows:

Friday Feb. 21 through Sunday Feb. 23

4 volunteers needed overnight from 6 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE APPLICATION AND OBTAIN/HAVE CLEARANCES

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR ALL INFORMATION INCLUDING APPLICATION FORM
(Scroll down to section: “How to Start Volunteering”)

THESE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO SERVE

FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND SUBMIT TO REGISTER

Winter Shelter Signup

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