Working with Homeless Residents to Build New Futures

Working with Homeless Residents to Build New Futures

Street Outreach, Warming Shelter Change Lives

“Building Futures was the perfect place for help to get off the street. Not only with finding housing but with other things, like people to talk to when I need to.”


Life on the street, in a park, or abandoned building is not a scenario anyone chooses. Building Futures’ street outreach and Winter Warming Shelter provide unsheltered people with a strong array of services. Our street outreach team connects with people living on the streets through regular laundry days and through our partners at April Showers and the cities of San Leandro and Alameda and their police departments. Depending on the person’s needs, Building Futures’ staff members then connect them with a range of supports including the Winter Warming Shelter and case management to connect them with medical care and ultimately to housing. Last year, Building Futures’ Winter Warming shelter served an average of 21 guests each of the 59 nights it was open.

The Winter Warming Shelter will open again on Thanksgiving. For further information, please call the Winter Warming Shelter line after October 1, 2018, at 510-924-3787.

To volunteer at April Showers, visit our volunteers page. Building Futures needs items for our unsheltered clients. If you can donate new shoes, sleeping bags or men’s and women’s socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweatpants or sweatpants, call Building Futures’ donation line at 510-357-0205, ext 205.

This article first appeared in our 2017-18 Annual Report.

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