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Winter Warming Shelter
The Emergency Winter Warming Shelter at AmeriCorps St. Louis started in 2009 at the urgent request of the City Department of Human Services during a particularly bitter winter. Moved by the critical lack of emergency shelters in the City of St. Louis, especially needed during the brutal cold months, AmeriCorps St. Louis Members urged us to open our doors to meet that need. The following year, AmeriCorps St. Louis recruited two other churches to join us in partnership with The Winter Outreach Group, a wonderful crew of volunteers who travel the City at night serving the homeless. Up until then, Winter Outreach could only offer blankets and hot drinks or snacks but had nowhere to take people due to a large shortage of shelter beds. Now, as a network of shelters, we are insuring that everyone who wants a bed has one.
For us at AmeriCorps St. Louis, it just made sense! When disasters arise, Members of our Emergency Response Team may be called to respond anywhere in the United States. The team is nationally acclaimed for its ability to set up Emergency Operations Centers, organize and engage unaffiliated volunteers, and manage donations coordination. So, why not use those same skills to address our hometown ‘critical unmet needs’?
During the winter months, St. Louis faces a shortage of shelter housing. Since 2009, AmeriCorps St. Louis has partnered with The Winter Outreach Group to open our doors as an emergency winter warming shelter when the temperature falls below 20 degrees. The shelter is facilitated by AmeriCorps St. Louis Members; however, we can’t run it without help from our volunteers!
Every winter, our shelter is able to provide two hot meals (dinner and breakfast) and a safe place to sleep to approximately 60 homeless men, women and children. Absolutely none of this would be possible without generous donations from the community and the help of our Members and volunteers.
Our shelter is funded solely through charitable donations.
Please consider making a monetary donation to be used towards heating and water bills, new sleeping cots, etc.
For in-kind donations, we are always in need of…
- Underwear (women’s and men’s)
- Boxer shorts (all sizes)
- Sports bras (sizes: M, L, XL)
- Towels and washcloths (new or gently used)
- Hygiene products, particularly razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste
- Over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, cold medicine, multi-vitamins
- Baby diapers, baby wipes, adult diapers
- Feminine products
- Winter jackets/coats (new or gently used)
- Heavy boots/ warm shoes (new or gently used)
- Warm socks
- HEAVY gloves and mittens
- Backpacks (new or gently used)
For our facility:
- Coffee (regular and decaf)
- Dish soap
- Dish gloves
- Large, heavy-duty trash bags
Please bring donations to 1315 Ann Ave, 63104, or call us to set up a drop off time at 314-772-9002 M-F 9:00am-5:00pm
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Our shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about volunteering at our shelter, please contact Mariya at email@example.com or fill out our online form. Thank you!
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