“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 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 currently re-stocking our supplies and preparing to open in Winter 2021-22

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 are seeking shelter right now, see our list of other local shelter resources here.

*Our shelter welcomes all self-identifying women.

Volunteers + donors needed!

Interested in volunteering during our 2021-2022 season? Contact us at: volunteers@hhcollab.org!

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

October 2021 Supplies Donation Drive

Heart and Home is restocking all our supplies our shelter trailer was stolen this summer. Can you help? There will be a dropoff in Palo Alto Saturday, Oct 9. We are seeking a tea kettle, some cleaning supplies, twin-sized bedding and some used iPads that we could repurpose for you. THANK YOU for looking!

Have a look at our list of needed items and our Donation Tips here: https://bit.ly/3A5iOmC and plan to bring them to University Lutheran Church at 1611 Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto on Saturday, Oct 9 between 10 and 2.

Please DO NOT bring any items that are not on the list. We have no extra storage space after our supplies are stored. Also, we cannot receive any clothing donations right now, since we haven’t opened for the season and don’t know what people will need. Thank you so much for your support!