We had a quiet opening to the 2017-18 Winter Shelter on December 1st.  Located in Highland Park, again at All Saints Episcopal Church on Monte Vista, it shelters just 35 people. It was full on the first night, and has been full since then.  With so many people on the streets, we don’t have to do much marketing for this program.

This is the third year we have done this program, and much is the same:

Ascencia is partnering with Recycled Resources.  We hire many of their volunteers to manage the program; they coordinate the volunteers to cook meals and donate items for the shelter. If you want to volunteer for the winter shelter, click here.

We thank Father Clarke Prescott and All Saints Episcopal Church for hosting us, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority for working with us through the contract execution and program launch, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Cedillo and Huizar for their political support and funding.

Over the years it has been common to criticize crisis shelter for not solving homelessness.  I have certainly been one of the people who complain about the cost of the winter shelter and the limited impact it has.  Certainly housing is the only way to definitely end a person’s homelessness, but that does not mean shelters don’t have value or play a role in helping people return to housing.

In the near term, we do what we can to keep people safe. Winter shelter helps us do that.  Many thanks to our supporters to make this possible.  If you would like to donate in support of winter shelter, please click here.