3 Mission of the Interfaith Council “The specific purposes for which this corporation is formed are to be a visible organization of faith groups who coordinate and empower work on behalf of the religious community for health and well-being of the larger community including chaplaincies, support of social justice, and respect for diversity through dialogue, worship and understanding.” 1998
4 Winter Nights – Goals:Provide safe shelter and 3 meals/day to homeless families with childrenKeep homeless families togetherKeep school-age children in school and achieving at grade level or aboveHelp families acquire sustainable housingProvide transportation to schools, jobs and daytime shelter for parents and children
5 Interfaith Council Member Congregations Contribute Space, Meals, Tutoring, Weekend Activities, Childcare, etc.
6 Dinner at Lafayette United Methodist Church The hosting congregation provides three meals a day, including a bag lunch
7 Nutritious Meals Three healthy meals per day Congregations partner to provide, prepare & serve meals
8 Winter Nights – Programs: “Traveling Tutors” TeamReading Achievement ProgramFinancial Agreement and CounselingHomeless CourtVolunteer Social WorkerDaytime Shelter if NeededTransportation – Winter Nights Van
9 Reading Achievement Program Parents encouraged to read to preschool childrenAll children encouraged to read or be read to for twenty minutes/dayReading rewards program – including movie tickets - for all children
10 Winter Nights – People Served: Target population: homeless families with children in Contra Costa & Alameda CountiesHomeless Hotline calls and referrals are screened by volunteer social worker.Families must have a source of incomeSingle fathers & mothers, as well as couples with boys and girls from birth to age 21No religious requirementsNo alcohol or drugs allowed; rules must be followed or leave the shelter
11 The Majority of Winter Nights Guests are Children Daytime shelter offered at St. Vincent de Paul Oasis in PittsburgWinter Nights Van available for transport to work, school and Oasis
12 Winter Nights Achievements 2004 - 2014 In the past ten years of its existence, Winter Nights has sheltered and fed over 270 families (850+ persons)More than 160 families found sustainable housing through Winter NightsWith few exceptions, all school-age children have stayed in school and at grade level, some achieving scholastically and in sportsOver three-thousand volunteers benefit by participating each year
13 Thousands of Volunteers Contribute Time, Money & Food
15 Concerns About the Future There is not enough affordable housing for families in Contra Costa County .In January 2013, 3,798 individuals were homeless and there were only 1,925 “beds” available for all homeless individualsBetween October 2014 & February, 2015, 71families – 264 individuals – applied to Winter Nights; shelter capacity is 30 people
16 How You Can HelpEducate yourself & others about Homelessness in Contra Costa County:Support affordable housing in your communityContribute/Volunteer with Winter Nights
17 Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County The EndWinter NightsInterfaith Council of Contra Costa County
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