Who We Are
We’re the Winter Hospitality Overflow, a Vancouver, WA-based organization devoted to helping those in need during winter’s coldest months.
In 2003, Council for the Homeless and Share partnered with the Greater Vancouver Interfaith Association to create the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), a program committed to providing safe shelter during the winter months to families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan inspired volunteers to look and care for their neighbor and to lend assistance, regardless of their situation.
Today WHO guests are offered not only a warm place to sleep, but a hot shower, meal, and the welcome and warmth of a caring community working to address the most basic of human needs.
Over the years, the generous contributions, donated facilities, and thousands of volunteer hours are testimonials to the compassionate response of the Clark County community.
WHO beds are available on a first-call, first-serve basis through the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline. To access these beds, call the Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677. Families, couples and single females can call anytime from 9 am – 5 pm Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and 9 am – 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursdays, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 12 pm; single males can call Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 11am – 5 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 12 pm.
- St. Andrew has a bed capacity of 42 for single women, couples and families, plus 8 additional emergency family spots, for a total of 50 beds.
- St. Paul has a bed capacity of 24 for single men.
- Each WHO shelter is staffed with professional Share case managers who help guests work toward self-sufficiency.
- More than 50 faith congregations and community organizations have donated time and talent to ensure each WHO site is open for five full months!