Warming Shelter Provides Refuge for San Leandro Residents
Between December 2014 and April 2015, Building Futures and April Showers piloted an overnight Warming Shelter for unsheltered homeless San Leandro residents. The shelter was open on rainy nights or when the temperature fell below 40 degrees. Men were served at the host site. Women were diverted to Building Futures’ San Leandro Shelter. What great things happen when we throw our energies together! We are thankful to the City of San Leandro for funding the shelter—and to the City Council for approving two more years of support.
We also built a solid partnership Warming Shelter host sites First United Methodist Church and Bethel Presbyterian Church. San Leandro’s faith community provided an absolute wealth of needed items and monetary donations, and hearty dinners for those staying at the warming shelter. Some of these generous volunteers began serving as new volunteers for April Showers: another great benefit for unsheltered San Leandrans!
Community members wishing to assist in the Warming Shelter should visit our volunteer page.
This article first appeared in our 2014-15 Annual Report.