East San Gabriel Valley

Winter Shelter Ministry


The Great Recession is over, or so it has been officially decreed. However, reality tells us that the need for emergency food and shelter continues to grow. Each year these needs are met at the Winter Homeless Shelter hosted by Glenkirk Presbyterian Church, where we prepare meals for 250 people.


As part of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Glenkirk Church hosts the winter shelter for two weeks, beginning in January.  At the end of two weeks, the shelter will move to another church. To assist those in need, each evening from December through March, buses go to publicized bus stops, pick up those seeking shelter, and deliver them to the hosting church. People are then provided with warm shelter for the night, a hot dinner, showers, clothing, toiletries, and breakfast and lunch for the next day.


Grace Church volunteers for an entire day, as assigned by the host Church.  We will provide food for three meals. We also provide volunteers to cook, serve, and clean up. Most importantly, it is our privilege to simply spend some time with people who need to be seen as children of God.

There are a number of ways in which you can participate in this ministry:


  • Donate money to assist with the cost for the three meals.
  • Volunteer your time between the hours of 4:30 and 9:00 p.m. by cooking, serving, cleaning, serving as shower monitors, and spending time with the men and women who come to the shelter.
  • Contribute clothing or toiletries. Needed items include:
  • New motel travel shampoo, soaps, lotions, toothpaste, toothbrushes, women's personal hygeine items and disposable razors.
  • New socks and underwear (men’s boxers).
  • Used – but in good condition – shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, sweats, work shoes, tennis shoes, jackets,
  • Umbrellas, slippers, warm pajamas, etc.

Please do not donate dresses, high heels, swimwear, suits, or any used underwear.

All of the donated clothing and toiletries need to be brought to Grace Church in time to deliver the items to Glenkirk at the beginning of their two weeks of hosting the shelter.

Sign-up sheets for volunteering your time or donating food will be available beginning in the month of December.  For more information on the great program, please see:

East San Gabriel Valley Winter Shelter Program


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