Winter Night Shelter 2018
Call 1800 431 244
to arrange an assessment
Churches in the Yarra Valley are once more working together this year to run the Winter Night Shelter. This is to meet the otherwise unmet need for crisis accommodation for people in our area who are experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the year.
Seven churches each take responsibility for a night of the week to open their premises. Following positive assessment, guests are invited in for a hot meal, fellowship, a warm bed to sleep for the night, and breakfast the next morning. Three churches have installed showers, which we hope will be a further blessing to our guests. An eighth church is open during the afternoons, Monday through Friday, as a Daytime Support Centre. This provides the opportunity for guests to secure their belongings, shower, and access further support from volunteers. This may be just a listening ear over a cuppa, but also includes support to access other services, help with paperwork or making appointments, etc. A minibus leaves each evening from the Support Centre to take guests to the venue for the Night Shelter.
The Shelter is staffed by volunteers from many different churches (last year 36 churches were represented) and from within the community.
The project is managed by a Coordinator, in conjunction with a Steering Committee (made up of Venue Coordinators, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Deputy Project Coordinator, and an ex guest from last year as Advisor).
Costs for this project are low (food, heating, equipment) because volunteer hours are donated. The only staffing costs this year are for a Deputy Coordinator, for two days per week throughout the three month project. This role gives support to the Project Coordinator (currently a volunteer position). If the project continues in 2019, we will be seeking to raise funds to appoint to this role. If you would like to donate towards the cost of running this project, please go to our Donate page for details.