WHO Provides Shelter
St. Andrew is one of two sites for the Winter Hospitality Overflow program, which provides homeless women, children and families a safe, warm place to sleep during the coldest part of the year.
WHO Is Growing; We Expand
We have grown from 42 beds to 50 and Share has added a second case manager. We have volunteers working with the additional children that are now being seen more frequently.
Persons interested in helping with WHO at St. Andrew: contact Vicar Sami at email@example.com.
The WHO program is a major component of Clark County’s emergency shelter system. This season it runs from Nov. 1 through March 31. Last year approximately 675 individuals were served, nearly 500 at St. Andrew.
Additional information can be found at http://www.whoprogram.org
A number of other ways volunteers can help:
- Closet organizer: Monthly review of bedding and toiletries closets. Organize and note needs for WHO task force.
- Bedding coordinator: Put sheets, pillowcases and blankets in bags on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. This can be a one-time or recurring opportunity.
- Laundry coordinator: Pick up laundry on Friday or Monday evenings and deliver it to St. Andrew. A pickup or large SUV will be necessary. This can be a one-time or recurring opportunity.
- Standard-size pillows and plastic covers;will go to Share’s Inn at the Orchards
- Hotel-size shampoo
- Disposable razors, toothbrushes, combs
- Feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, adult “Depends”, ear plugs
- Travel-size toothpaste and deodorant
- Large, clear, 10-mil. lawn bags
- Rubber/latex/plastic gloves
- Hats, underwear, gloves and socks
We are unable to take any other clothing donations. Donations will be collected in the narthex on Sundays. Because of storage constraints, ask a task force member before donating toys or household items.
WHO program DON'Ts:
- Don’t give guests money
- Don’t give guests rides
- Don’t allow guests to use phones
- Don’t invite guests to your home
- If you establish a relationship with any of the WHO guests and you are considering any of the above, please first check with a Share case manager to be sure any additional help you give works in the guest’s behavioral plan.
WHO program DOs:
- Do be welcoming when you see guests in the building during the evenings and on Sunday mornings
- Do wear your nametags
- Do make a donation marked WHO Food or donate directly to the WHO program online at www.whoprogram.org
- Do know that WHO guests appreciate bus passes, which can be left in the church office marked WHO staff. C-Tran pass information includes:
- C-Tran’s All-Zone Day Pass offers unlimited travel on all C-Tran and TriMet services and includes the Portland Streetcar. The $7 pass is valid for one full-service day and can be purchased from any coach operator or passenger service office.
- Monthly and day passes may be purchased at:
- Vancouver Mall—C-Tran passenger service office (North lot)
- Fisher's Landing Transit Center—Passenger service office
- C-Tran Administration Office—2425 N.E. 65th Ave. (696-4494)
- Clark College Bookstore—1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd. (992-2590
- All Clark County Fred Meyer locations (full-fare passes only)
- TriMet customer service office—Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland (503-238-7433)