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Winter Warming Shelter Opens Its Doors

Last winter, Building Futures and April Showers/Interfaith Homeless Network provided unsheltered San Leandrans with a Winter Warming Shelter. The shelter was open overnight during rainy or very cold weather. Guests were provided with dinner, a place to sleep, and breakfast. The Warming Shelter was open for 15 nights, serving 10-14 people each night.

Today, we estimate there are 100 people living on San Leandro's streets.  Building Futures and April Showers/Interfaith Homeless Network have again received funding for the program this season. The shelter will be located at First United Methodist Church and serve both men and women. On nights when the weather is forecast to be 42 degrees or colder or rain is predicted, the Warming Shelter will be open. The Warming Shelter will be overseen by Building Futures' staff members. Funding is again provided by the City of San Leandro. This project also depends upon the support from caring community members.  If you can donate sleeping bags, new t shirts for men and women, new sweatshirts and pants for men and women or new socks, please contact kthorp@bfwc.org.

The Warming Shelter info line is 510-924-3787. Preregistration is required; this is not a drop-in center. Please click here for more information about the Warming Shelter.

           "Front Door" to Services for Homeless Families

Building Futures has launched an exciting new partnership with the City of Oakland and East Oakland Community Project. The North County Family Coordinated Access System will serve as a "front door" to housing and other resources for Oakland-based families. Once the families are housed, staff members will work with them on retaining their housing, settle into the community, and work on the challenges that are most important to them. The program is a pilot whose results will help inform Alameda County as it prepares to initiate similar hubs across the county. Watch this space for more details!


Here Come the Holidays!
For the 28th straight year, Building Futures is collecting gifts to wrap and present to ALL we serve at the Midway and San Leandro Shelters, Sister Me Home safe house, Bessie Coleman Court, our domestic violence outreach program, our Housing Resource Center, and our Warming Center.  Please click here for access our Holiday Wish List.

For information on donating items, contact Kaeleigh Thorp at 510 357-0205, ext. 205 or kthorp@bfwc.org. To volunteer, contact Lorie Curtis at 510 357-0205, ext. 206 or lcurtis@bfwc.org. Please help
make the holidays brighter for a
child or adult in need!

Request a Free Presentation
Would your faith group, church our workplace like to request a presentation on the dynamics of domestic violence? Our Domestic Violence Outreach staff can provide you with an free, in-person presentation. Please contact Annie Maltester at amaltester@bfwc.org


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