Winter Interfaith Shelter


The Winter Interfaith Shelter is sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council and run by Episcopal Community Services. The Interfaith Shelter provides dinner, breakfast and a dry place to sleep for 60-100 homeless men during the coldest and wettest time of the year. Grace Cathedral cooperates with many other congregations in San Francisco in this important endeavor.

Where is it?

The location where we cook and serve varies each year, but it is always in San Francisco.

When is it?

The Shelter will be open from Sunday, November 20, 2016 through Saturday, February 25, 2017.

How do I get involved?

Please join our Winter Interfaith Volunteer email list to be sent a reminder closer to the next time we are going to serve, as well as an invitation to sign up.  We will send you a save-the-date email and then also contact you when sign-ups open for volunteering.  

You can also help us support the shelter by participating in the WinterFaith Shelter Walk on Sunday, October 30. Walkers of all ages are welcome to join the Grace Cathedral team in walking the 4.5 mile course at Lake Merced, donating or raising money for the team. Every donation counts and together we can make a difference for the homeless on our streets.

$5 can provide a sterilized blanket for a resident.
$25 can provide food and shelter for one resident for one night.
$35 can provide breakfast and dinner for a resident for one week.
$500 can provide two full meals to the entire shelter.
$750 covers the entire cost of hosting one resident for an entire month.
$2500 covers all of the costs for all shelter residents for one full night.

Learn more about the walk and register today.

What time commitment is expected?

You can sign up for a single or several evenings. We cook, serve, then clean up. The window for serving is from about 5 pm – 7 pm, but this can vary based on where the shelter is held.

Are you a great cook?

Have you cooked for groups before? Coordinated small teams of volunteers?  We are especially looking for volunteers who can lead, or partner with someone to lead, one of the cooking teams. We will support you in being successful in this. If you would consider being a lead cook or a co-cook, please contact the Rev. Nina Pickerell.

Contact Information

Telephone: 415-749-6391


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