“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 women* who are unhoused in Palo Alto, California since 2012. 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 neighborhood 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. 

Shelter is not currently open, but we are gearing up for our Winter 2022-23 season, beginning in November and ending in April.

Our Heart and Home cold weather women’s shelter operates November through April. Our shelter is for women only* and cannot host women with children or families.

If you or someone you know needs overnight shelter in northern Santa Clara County, please call our referral hotline at 650.600.1555. We ask that everyone joining shelter have an active case manager, so if you are a case manager, we will send you a referral form to refer your client to us. If you are currently unhoused or a friend of someone seeking shelter, call us at 650.600.1555 and we will explain how to connect with the case manager who can refer you into shelter immediatley.

For men, families, or youth seeking shelter this winter, see our list of other local shelter resources here.

*Our shelter welcomes all self-identifying women.

Volunteers + Donations Needed!

Interested in volunteering during our 2022-2023 season – come sign up for a volunteer job! Questions? Contact us at: volunteers@hhcollab.org!

We are also seeking donations of funds, gift cards, and supplies for the upcoming shelter season.