August 2020 Heart and Home Update: Shelter is CLOSED. If you are currently in need of shelter, click here to find out about local shelter resources. We look forward to seeing you in the winter!

We plan to re-open in November 2020. We are seeking a host site and donations for the 2020-2021 season. Our list of supplies needed for the upcoming season will be coming soon.

“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 November 2020 through April 2021 and are soliciting donations to fund shelter for this upcoming season.

Interested in volunteering during the 2020-2021 season?

Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page or sign up here.

*Our shelter welcomes all self-identifying women.