Who We Are

The WHO is a winter overflow shelter providing additional capacity for folks in our community who are currently experiencing homelessness and need to get in from the outside on any given night during the coldest months, from November 1 to March 31. 

WHO is operated at two locations: St. Paul Lutheran for single men (24 spots) and St. Andrew Lutheran for families (50 spots). Entry to the WHO is coordinated through the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline: 360-695-9677.  People needing shelter  are directed to call the hotline.

The program is staffed by volunteers from many participating congregations  in the Clark County area who sign up to take a  full week or a block of several days throughout the season. There are 3 shifts to fill daily: 6-10 pm; 10 pm-6 am; 6 am-9 am. The overnight shift can be split if preferred.

Each shift has a checklist of tasks to be completed. For example, the evening shift prepares the sleeping area, the overnight shift makes lunches, and the morning shift commences with clean up of the facility. Churches are also welcome to provide a light supper each evening. Transportation of laundry will be accomplished by Share. The WHO is professionally staffed by case managers from Share who are on hand to greet the guests and to take care of any question or needs that the guests might have during the evening of their stay.

Aside from these basic responsibilities, volunteers interact with the guests to provide the same type of hospitality that would be displayed in a home.  Background checks are required for every volunteer and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Quick Facts

  • St. Andrew has a bed capacity of 50 for single women, couples and families
  • 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!
 

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