Sacramento Winter Sanctuary for the homeless, 2016.

Winter Sanctuary: Shelter for Single Adults

Winter Sanctuary is a rotating winter shelter for anyone over 18 years of age experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. From the Monday prior to Thanksgiving through March 31, houses of worship throughout Sacramento County sign up to host Winter Sanctuary at their facilities for one or several nights. Because of its partnership with faith-based communities, it is an extremely cost-effective emergency shelter option.

Accessing Winter Sanctuary:

Winter Sanctuary guests can meet at one of three intake sites and are transported to the host congregation for the night, where volunteers provide food and sleeping accommodations. In the morning, guests receive a light breakfast and are bused back to the original intake site.

  • Main Intake: 1400 North “C” Street, Suite E (across the street from Loaves & Fishes)
  • TAY Intake (Ages 18-24 only): Wind Drop-In Center, 3671 5th Ave, Oak Park
  • No Pets (sorry)

Daily Intake: 3:30PM each day. Guests are encouraged to line up before 3:00PM as new program openings are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prior night participation guarantees the guest’s spot for the next night.

Participating Congregations &  Organizations

Winter Sanctuary wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of the faith-based organizations and houses of worship in our community. This winter, 29 organizations are providing space, meals, fellowship and entertainment, books, sleeping pads, blankets, backpacks and other items to our guests.

American River Community Church
American River Community Church
Arcade Church
Bayside-Midtown
Bayside of South Sacramento
Capital Christian Center
Christ Temple Apostolic Church
Carmichael Presbyterian Church
Center of Praise
Congregation B’nai Israel
Faith Legacy Church
Faith Lutheran Church
Greater Grace Worship Center
Lighthouse Family Worship Center
Lutheran Church of the Master
Mosaic Law
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
New Life Community Church
Restoration Life
River City Christian
River Life Covenant Church
SALAM
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
St. Mathews
St. Michael’s Episcopal
St. Paul’s Baptist Church
Sunrise Community Church
The Table at Central UMC
This Is Pentecost Ministries

Winter Sanctuary is staffed by a dedicated team of shelter staff who create the continuity for our guests over the course of the 130 nights that Winter Sanctuary operates.  Staff are divided into four teams with the following schedules – day shift: 3pm to 11pm and night shift: 11pm to 7am. Night staff maintain an awake shift during the overnight hours to ensure a peaceful night for all guests and facility security.

However, volunteers are a critical component of the program’s success…

Come by yourself or bring your friends and family. Volunteers will work together to act at hosts at the Winter Sanctuary on nights that we are without volunteers normally associated with the host site.  Volunteers may assist with cooking, serving, and/or cleanup for the hot dinner or continental breakfast.  Approximately 10-12 volunteers are needed for the dinner service (4pm-7pm) and 4 volunteers for the breakfast service (4am-7am).

Fundraising Goal: $45,000

Winter Sanctuary is a front door to connect our most vulnerable residents with essential housing and support services that can help them get on the path to self-sufficiency.  This year, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors pledged $360,000 to support the program for the full winter season.   We are so thankful for their substantial investment, but we know that with an additional $45,000 in campaign funds, we can get even better housing outcomes for our Winter Sanctuary guests, including:

  • Working actively with a Homeless Navigator for transitional or permanent housing referrals
  • On-site mobile medical care for clients not connected to health services
  • Transportation assistance for housing appointments
  • Assistance with collecting the necessary documentation to be placed in permanent housing
  • Assistance with documentation and applications for Federal Disability for those clients who qualify