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.
St. Andrews Church supports individuals, couples and families needing overnight shelter during the winter months. If you are in need of emergency shelter during the months of November 1st through March 31st call the Housing Hotline at (360) 695-9677 Monday through Friday anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm and weekends 11:00am – 2:00pm. There is no immediate assistance within shelter and placement is based on availability with beds. For families, couples and single females who are not able to get a bed that night, you will be placed on the shelter wait-list and referred at the next immediate opening.
For single men seeking emergency shelter and entry into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church during November 1st through March 31st please call daily (360) 695-9677 at 11:00am. Placement for beds is based on a first call first serve. You will be assigned a meeting time with a case manager to assign a bed number if there are any openings that day.
- 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!