Celebrating 21 Years of Compassion: The WHO Continues to Provide Hope and Shelter for Those in Need

The Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) is an overflow shelter providing additional capacity for individuals and families 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. The WHO operates at St. Paul Lutheran for single men (24 beds) and St. Andrew Lutheran for families (50 beds). Entry to the WHO is managed by the Council for the Homeless. The first step for people needing shelter is to call the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline: 360-695-9677. The WHO is an interfaith and community-supported program where guests are offered a warm place to sleep, a hot shower, a meal, and the welcome and warmth of a caring community working to address the most basic human needs.

If you need assistance from 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.

Support the WHO!

Although we are a volunteer-driven program, WHO incurs expenses for utilities, groceries, volunteer training materials, and salaries for professional case management staff. You can help with a tax-deductible donation to WHO. Just $28 meets our weekly costs for one guest. Gifts small or large truly make a difference. Thank you for your support of this vital ministry.

To access WHO beds

If you need access to an WHO bed, please contact the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline: 360-695-9677.

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🌟 Urgent Call: Make a Difference at WHO Family Shelter in Vancouver this December! Ready to make an impact? This December, help support the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) family shelter at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. WHO, a community-supported shelter in Clark County, provides essential services for up to 50 women, children, and families every night.Why Your Help Matters: For over 21 years, volunteers have been our backbone. Now, we urgently need your support, especially at St. Andrew! Whether you're an individual, family, faith group, or local business with Volunteer Time Off (VTO), we need help this December.Volunteer Shifts and Tasks:Morning Shift (6:30 – 9:30 am): Assist in the kitchen, hand out brown bag lunches, and clean up after breakfast.Evening Shift (6 – 10 pm): Welcome guests, serve dinner, prep lunches, help with laundry prep, and collaborate with the Share Engagement Specialist as needed.Meal Contribution: Every evening, we need (2) crock pot-size meals [15-20 servings] to provide a nourishing meal.Make a Difference, Volunteer: Explore our mission and learn more at our webpage: whoprogram.org/family-shelter/Act now to sign up and impact your local community: December Volunteer Opportunities can be viewed here: www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548ACA922A2F94-45588641-december#/Location: St. Andrew, 5607 NE Gher Road, off 112th Avenue in Orchards. Your time matters. Join us in making a positive impact this December. ****We ask you to please share this on your social media accounts. This December, we have many vacant volunteer and meal opportunities. We know that your voice has the potential to reach corners of our community that we may not otherwise connect with. Together, we can shine a light on this vital service in Clark Count#counciluncil for the Home#shareShare, #vancouverwav#winterhospitalityoverflowr#WHO #homelessnesssn#shelterelter ... See MoreSee Less
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