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Winter Shelter (Warming Shelter Redux)


Last week, the San Leandro Winter Shelter opened for business at it’s usual location – First United Methodist Church (1600 Bancroft Ave between Delores Ave. & Maud Ave).  It is NOT a weather-dependent shelter!  It is open each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night from 5:00 PM until 7:00 AM.  It is fully staffed by folks from HCEB, Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB.org).  The Shelter opened on Thursday, March 16 and the final open night will be Sunday, April 30, 2023.  The Shelter welcomes all adults who need a place to sleep and a bit to eat. Families with Children need to call 211 or visit 211.org to find a Shelter which accepts children.  Also, our Shelter cannot accommodate pets. 


Guests are invited to come beginning at 5:00PM, choose a cot and then have some coffee or lemonade and watch a movie while waiting for dinner.  Dinner is served around 6:00 pm each time the Shelter is open.  Cooks who have worked with the Warming Shelter in the past have been invited to sign up to provide a dinner meal or two over the time the Shelter is open.  There are still a few days available to sign up to cook for up to 25 people.  If you are interested, please email Moira Fry at:  moirafry@gmail.com and she can provide electronic access to the sign up sheet.  Masking is necessary at this time although that is subject to Alameda County Dept. of Public Health orders.  The Shelter also serves a light breakfast in the morning prior to close.


Although the Shelter is only open for six weeks, we are hoping that it will help those on the street and in encampments have a welcoming place out of the weather – whatever that weather might be!  Outreach workers from many different services are spreading the word of this opening.  We do not have a phone number as the Shelter has a set schedule and will be open during the days/times listed.

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