Enjoying a warm dinner after a long-hard day outside in the cold.
Wintershelter is an overnight shelter running seven days a week from mid-November through mid-April for 22 screened homeless men. The shelter provides a safe, warm place to sleep, a good dinner cooked and served by our volunteers, breakfast, and counseling by a social worker that might help to help break the cycle of homelessness. Each year many of the men are able to go into transitional housing or residential treatment programs.
The shelter works in cooperation with Bethesda Project, which hires and supervises the overnight staff, screens and clothes the men, and brings them to Trinity Memorial Church where the shelter is situated, where they meet our cooking and serving volunteers.
To the more than 100 volunteers who serve the shelter each year Wintershelter offers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the clients being served in a less intense format than Communicare, as well as being able to do behind-the-scenes work.
Our volunteer cooks can either prepare the meals in their own homes and drop them off at the shelter, bring food and serve also, or provide food service only.