Winter Shelter

Lancaster County Council of Churches in
partnership with the Lancaster YWCA

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

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 the Lancaster YWCA. 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.

This Season’s Details

Winter Shelter Dates for 2017 – 2018
Monday Dec. 4 – Monday Dec. 11

Training Dates:
Sunday, November 12 @ 12 PM
Sunday, November 19 @ 12 PM

Training will begin at Saint James in the forum room and will conclude on site at the YWCA where we will review the procedures.

Download and read the Winter Shelter handbook

Please watch the video below.
Despite several changes since it was made, the video provides an overview of how things operate.

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.