Winter Warming Shelter
The emergency Winter Warming Shelter at AmeriCorps St. Louis opened its doors in 2009 at the urgent request of the St. Louis City Department of Human Services due to a shortage of shelters within the city. When disasters arise nationally, the AmeriCorps St. Louis is highly regarded for their skills in setting up Emergency Operations Centers, organizing and engaging volunteers, and managing donations. Although it had never run a shelter before, AmeriCorps St. Louis believed it could open an emergency shelter using these skills.
In 2010, AmeriCorps St. Louis teamed up with The Winter Outreach Group and two other local churches to establish a partnership and continue the mission to provide safe housing to those in needs during the cold winter months. Before, the Winter Outreach Group could only provide blankets or hot drinks and snacks. Now, as a network of shelters began to form, they could ensure that people also had a safe place to sleep.
There are now 11 emergency shelters that partner with the Winter Outreach Group to ensure that those in need have a warm place to sleep and food to eat during nights when:
Temperature is predicted to be at or below 20 degrees
Temperature is predicted to be at or below 25 degrees WITH precipitation
Former Program Director, Kathleen Becherer, talks about the history behind the emergency Winter Warming Shelter at AmeriCorps St. Louis
Now in its 10th year of operation, the Winter Warming Shelter at AmeriCorps St. Louis provides two hot meals and a safe place to sleep for roughly 60 homeless men, women, and children.
None of this is possible without generous donations from the city and community, and a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers!
Winter Warming Shelter in the news
FOX2: Shelters open to help heat the homeless (Jan 2016)
FOX2: Warming shelters open as deep cold settles over St. Louis region (Jan 2016)
FOX2: Laundry Company Washes Blankets For Local Homeless Shelters (Jan 2013)
FOX2: St. Louis City Opens Warming Centers (Feb 2013)
KSDK5: Emergency cold weather shelter opening in Soulard (Nov 2013)
More information coming soon!