“A respite from the cold and a place that makes her feel safe.”
Heart and Home Collaborative is a non-profit women’s shelter serving unhoused women* in Palo Alto, California. Our volunteer-run shelter provides temporary, seasonal shelter at different places of worship in Palo Alto for six weeks at a time. We work closely with local congregations, the local community and a Stanford student team to not only operate daily from November to April but to provide resources and create dialogue and community between our shelter participants and volunteers.
We believe that those who use our services are the experts, and are proud to operate our shelter through participatory planning. Our shelter guests are invited to participate in the planning and operation of our shelter.
This year, we plan to operate from December 2020 through April 2021 and are soliciting donations to fund shelter for this upcoming season.
November 2020 update:
Shelter will open on December 6, 2020. If you are currently in need of shelter, you or a case manager working on your behalf can contact us at 650.600.1555 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our shelter is for women only*. Women with young children, families, men, or anyone seeking rehab services or leaving domestic violence can find a list of other local shelter resources here.
*Our shelter welcomes all self-identifying women.
Volunteers + donors needed!
We are also seeking donations of funds, gift cards, and supplies for the 2020-2021 season. Our list of supplies needed is posted here.