A Project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
The Winter Nights Program in Contra Costa County, CA provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children. The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time.
Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers on a two-week rotating basis. Bedding will be provided, and professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If your congregation would like to participate, please contact the office of the Interfaith Council at (925)933-6030.
Winter Nights Shelter last year provided:
- A warm, safe place to sleep for 96 family members --majority children-- from October through May
- Transportation to school each day for the children
- Daytime “Oasis” (service center provided by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Contra Costa County) for the parents to job search, access services, find low-income housing, shower, wash clothes
- Case management by pro bono Social Worker
- Bus and BART tickets for parents to get to work
- Meals, tutoring and mentoring by volunteers with 28 congregations
- Opportunities for appearing in the Homeless Court to expunge records
- Data for the Homeless Management of Information System (HMIS)
- Program monitoring and quality assurance
- Professional staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Health care, screening, inoculations through Contra Costa County services
- A website with information
- A budget of $170,000: 1/3 from foundations; 2/3 from individuals and faith congregations in Contra Costa County
- At the end families were provided assistance by Hope Conference, and other programs, as they awaited longer-term housing with Shelter Inc and other housing providers.
Our goals this year will be to meet, and hopefully surpass, last year’s accomplishments.