Winter shelter program to kick off 16th season

first_imgThe Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter system, otherwise known as WHO, kicks off its 16th season of providing overnight winter shelter with an event on Sept. 27.The kickoff takes place at 6 p.m. at one of the host shelters, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 N.E. Gher Road, Vancouver. Potential volunteers are welcome to meet the WHO team and learn more about service opportunities between November and March.“Last year, volunteers for the Winter Hospitality Overflow logged 11,817 hours, and we were blessed with donations from more than 45 groups, including local churches, schools, businesses and community members,” Carrie Thatcher, WHO outreach coordinator for St. Andrew Lutheran Church, said in a news release. “As one past volunteer shared: ‘The fuzzy feeling you get from helping others in this particular volunteer situation was beyond amazing.’ ”WHO seeks churches, service groups or other community members interested in volunteering. Six to eight volunteers are needed each night at the two shelters, St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran Church.Between the two sites, WHO served 10,602 bed nights last winter, a 6 percent increase from the prior season and the highest number of bed nights ever recorded, the news release said.last_img read more