The Cold Weather Shelter is a collaboration of Kittitas County Churches to provide shelter to the homeless during the coldest months of the year.  

 

SHELTER SCHEDULE

MONDAY: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH - 507 N. PINE STREET

TUESDAY:  ELLENSBURG FOURSQUARE CHURCH - 906 E. MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE

WEDNESDAY: ODD FELLOWS LODGE - 307 N. PINE STREET

THURSDAY: UNITED METHODIST - 210 N. RUBY STREET

FRIDAY: INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH - 1104 OKANOGAN STREET

SATURDAY: SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST - 415 W. 14TH AVENUE

SUNDAY: MERCER CREEK CHURCH - 1407 N. 'B' STREET

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in volunteering with the shelter directly with guests , please contact: CWS@kvfish.org or call 509-925-5990 and Dial 6 for the volunteer coordinator. If you are interested in working indirectly to support shelter operations, please contact Lisa Johnson by phone 509.933.7800 or via email lisa.johnson@mercercreek.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 for youth ministries.
  • Transport sleeping bags Monday morning by 8:30am to the next shelter location. 
  • Help inventory and restock shelter supplies. 
  • Donate new socks, gloves and/or stocking caps. 

Volunteer Training - CWS

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter, please attend a training. Times and dates are subject to change. Check the schedule or call Rebecca Kennedy at 509-929-3468.

Training Date/Time             Location                                              Contact/Location

November 2 - 11 am              First Christian Church                      600 N. Ruby Street

November 3 - 11:45 am         Mercer Creek Church                      1407 N. 'B' Street 

November 4 - 6 pm               Seventh Day Adventist                   415 W. 14th Avenue

November 5 - 6 pm               Foursquare Church                          906 E. Mountainview Ave.

November 6 - 6 pm               Calvary Baptist Church                   507 N. Pine Street  

November 7 - 6 pm               Ellensburg Methodist Church       210 N. Ruby Street 

November 10 - 12:30 pm       Independent Baptist Church        1104 N. Okanogan Street

November 10 - 12:30 pm       New Life Church                                21 Main Street in Kittitas

November 12 - 5:30 pm        SURC at CWU                                     1007 N. Chestnut Street

November 14 - 5:30 pm        SURC at CWU                                     1007 N. Chestnut Street 

 

SHELTER INFORMATION

The Cold Weather Shelter is open from November 11th to March 15th, 7:00pm-7:00am.  The shelter is housed at a different location 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.