Winter Shelter

Lancaster County Council of Churches in
partnership with St. Mary’s in Lancaster


What is Winter Shelter?

From December through March, Lancaster County Council of Churches organizes an overnight Winter Shelter for single women and women with children at St. Mary’s Church located at 119 S. Prince Street. The shelter provides a warm, safe dry place to sleep as well as showers and lockers. Women with children sleep in a separate area for the comfort of all guests. Once open, Winter Shelter runs seven days a week from 7:30 PM to 8 AM.

How Saint James Plays a Role

Each winter season, volunteers from Saint James help staff the winter shelter. Volunteers are needed during the early evening to set up, greet, register and help people settle in. We also need volunteers overnight to assist and often—just to listen. And lastly, volunteers are needed in the morning to help with check-out.

Winter Shelter Dates for 2018 – 2019

Monday Dec. 3 – Monday Dec. 10

Click here to sign up.

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Winter Shelter Handbook.

Volunteering at Winter Shelter

People are needed for a variety of positions including:

  • Team leader
  • Evening coordinator
  • Door greeter and escort
  • Receptionist
  • Elevator/runner
  • Morning checkout

Need More Information?

If you have questions or need more information, email David Morath.

Volunteers are still needed to help through the end of March!
Click here to sign up!