From December 2014 through April 2015, Building Futures and our friends at April Showers piloted
a street outreach and overnight Warming Shelter. The shelter was designed for homeless unsheltered San Leandrans to find refuge on nights that were rainy or when the temperature fell below 38 degrees. Men were served at the host site. Women were diverted to Building Futures’ San Leandro Shelter.
What great things happen when we throw our energies together! We built a solid partnership Warming Shelter host sites First United Methodist Church and Bethel Presbyterian Church. Both churches have invited the program back next year.
San Leandro’s faith community provided an absolute wealth of needed items and monetary gifts -- also providing dinners for those staying at the warming shelter. Some of these prospective volunteers began serving as new volunteers for April Showers: Another great benefit for unsheltered San Leandrans!
This was a great start for outreach and engagement with people on the street who in some cases had had zero prior engagement with service providers. As we increase services and housing subsidies to these community members, relationships forged during these winter months are important. Building Futures and April Showers are grateful for our city’s support—and that San Leandro has renewed its commitment to the Warming Shelter in 2016 and 2017.
Next year around November first, we’ll begin organizing for the new winter opening and asking again for sleeping bags, new or gently used men’s sweat pants and shirts and jeans/tees, new socks and underwear and small sundry items such as body wipes, personal sized deodorants, tooth brushes/paste etc. Community members wishing to assist in the Warming Shelter in any way next year should contact Moira Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org after November first.
These Thanks Belong to You… We truly know there are people who care and want to help us make our lives better. I am so grateful, so thankful. I wish I could reach out through this letter and hug all of you! ~Martina
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