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We are the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), an organization in Vancouver, Washington, devoted to helping those in need during winter’s coldest months.

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.


If you are in need of assistance November 1 to March 30, call the Housing Hotline at (360) 695-9677, Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 11 am to 2 pm.


Honoring A Life that Truly Made a Difference:
Pastor James Stender

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28

It is with great sorrow and regret that we share the sad news that Pastor Jim Stender passed away on February 8. It is hard to put into words the shock and loss all of us at WHO are feeling. Pastor Jim was the rock and spiritual leader for WHO as well as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He was instrumental in the creation of, and oversight for, the Winter Hospitality Overflow homeless program. His commitment to the WHO was unwavering for 16 years.

Jim was fond of telling the story of the first WHO kick-off meeting. Members from faith-based communities met with Jim and staff from Share, including Amy Reynolds. Jim and Amy were up front, fielding questions when members of the audience started to pledge thousands of dollars on behalf of their
congregations. While Amy had never had an experience where person after person offered up money without being asked, Jim just turned to her and said, “This happens here.” It was a miracle he was familiar with, because he inspired those around him to be the miracle workers he knew they all could be—he inspired people to be their best. Jim had an awareness of God that exists in every day life, in every action or event.

Jim described WHO as a three-legged stool between the faith communities, the Council for the Homeless and Share. He believed strongly in the value of partnership, the compassion and expertise brought by each group, and that the stool just couldn’t work without each of the legs.

Jim spent his career the way he lived his life. Being abundant in his generosity. Inspiring others to be equally generous. Encouraging everyone to keep going. And to keep being a kind and caring person every day. His legacy of good deeds and hope are a challenge for all of us to live up to.

Please pray for comfort and guidance for the Stenders as we remember the words of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

 

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