The Cold Weather Shelter is a collaboration of Kittitas County Churches to provide shelter to the homeless during the coldest months of the year.
MONDAY: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 507 N. PINE STREET
TUESDAY: ELLENSBURG FOURSQUARE CHURCH, 906 E. MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE
WEDNESDAY: UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 210 N. RUBY STREET
THURSDAY: FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 512 N. RUBY STREET
FRIDAY: CHESTNUT STREET BAPTIST, 609 N CHESTNUT STREET
SATURDAY: MERCER CREEK CHURCH, 1407 N. B STREET, North Building (FISH)
SUNDAY: SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST, 415 W 14TH AVENUE
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
If you are interested in volunteering with the shelter directly with guests , please contact: CWS@kvfish.org or call 509-312-5602 to schedule with the coordinator. If you are interested in working indirectly to support shelter operations, please contact Lisa Johnson by phone 509.933.7800 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AREAS TO SERVE:
There are three possible shifts to serve during operating hours of the shelter. These shifts require a minimum of three volunteers per shift.
7:00-8:00pm Screening- This role requires specialized training and screeners work on a rotation. Screeners greet the guests, ask for their compliance with shelter rules and policies, check in guests personal items for storage during the duration of their stay.
6:45-10:00pm Hospitality- Help shelter guests settle in, hand out sleeping bags and mats, direct guests to restrooms and refreshments, serve dinner (provided by FISH), interact with guests (games, movies, conversation,etc.).
9:45pm-6:00am Overnight Supervision- You do not have to stay awake all night. Volunteers can sleep in shifts but one volunteer must be awake at any given time to do routine guest monitoring/safety checks and be available if needed. You can bring other activities with you (homework, Netflix on a mobile device, books, etc.).
5:45-7:00am Rise and Shine- Wake shelter guests and help them gather their belongings, receive and tag sleeping bags and mats for transport, serve breakfast (provided by FISH) and tidy up after guests depart.
Ways you could serve indirectly outside the operating hours of the shelter are as follows:
- Help wash sleeping bags on Saturday mornings and deliver to Mercer Creek Church
- Ready the shelter for guests. This begins at 6:15pm at Mercer Creek Church.
- Provide snacks for shelter guests.
- Help re-set (clean, put away shelter items, set up chairs) at Mercer Creek Church and ready the North Building to receive middle school students.
- Transport sleeping bags Sunday morning by 8:30am to the next shelter location.
- Help inventory and restock shelter supplies.
- Donate new socks, gloves and/or stocking caps.
The Cold Weather Shelter is open from November 12th to March 15th, 7:00pm-7:00am. The shelter is housed at a different church each night.
Guests are admitted to the shelter between the hours of 7:00pm and 8:00pm and must submit to a screening process and shelter policies.
Volunteers staff the shelter under the management of an oversight committee working in accordance with the Kittitas County Ministerial Association.