It’s the 12th season of WHO, a Vancouver, WA-based organization devoted to helping those in need during winter’s coldest months. In 2003, Council for the Homeless and Share partnered with the Greater Vancouver Interfaith Association to create the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), a program committed to providing safe shelter during the winter months to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Today WHO guests are offered not only a warm place to sleep, but a hot shower, meal, and the welcome and warmth of a caring community working to address the most basic of human needs.
There are two WHO sites that are open from 6 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. November 1 thru March 30. Kol Ami and Friends staff in 3 shifts from 6 pm to 10:00 pm, 10:00 pm to 5:30 am and 5:30 am to 8:00+/- am. Our dates this season are:
St. Paul has a bed capacity of 24 for single men.
St. Andrew has a bed capacity of 50 for single women, couples and families
Each WHO shelter is staffed with professional Share case managers who help guests work toward self-sufficiency. More than 50 faith congregations and community organizations have donated time and talent to ensure each WHO site is open for five full months!
This year we are using VolunteerSpot (an online signup and reminder tool) to schedule our WHO shifts.
See Kol Ami & Friends WHO shifts via the link:
- Enter your email address as requested (2 times)
- Find available shifts on the December 2014 thru March 2015 calendars. To advance the months, click the white button on right side of the calendar) To find the shifts available during our assigned dates: See the highlighted dates. Scroll down the screen for an explanation of the available shifts.
- Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. (Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.)