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:  FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 600 N. RUBY STREET

WEDNESDAY: ELLENSBURG FOURSQUARE CHURCH, 906 E. MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE

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 either directly with guests or indirectly to support shelter operations, please contact Kari Mirro by phone 509.933.7800 or via email reach@mercercreek.org

Shelter trainings are frequent and can be done individually upon request.  

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, 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, 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 breakfast or a meal 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. 

SHELTER INFORMATION

The Cold Weather Shelter is open from November 1st to March 1st, 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.