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Advocacy Program

The Winter Sanctuary knows that when facing issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and violence no two situations are the same. That's why we provide personalized support services to people in need and their families

The goal of our shelter advocacy program is to empower individuals and families experiencing homelessness to improve their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.


The Program

The Winter Sanctuary provides homeless individuals with a warm, safe place to stay during the colder months. Our advocacy program helps connect those in need with the resources they require to get back on their feet.

Types of Goals

Goal Setting

What type of goals do we help you achieve?

Homelessness is a complex issue that affects individuals and families in many different ways. People who are homeless may have a variety of goals they would like to achieve in order to improve their lives.

Some of these goals may include:

Finding permanent housing: This is likely to be the most pressing goal for many homeless individuals and families. Permanent housing provides a sense of stability and security, and allows people to begin rebuilding their lives. This can include finding affordable rental housing, or even having the opportunity to purchase a home.

Gaining employment: Many homeless individuals and families face barriers to employment, such as a lack of education or job experience. Finding a job can be a major step towards self-sufficiency, and provide a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Improving physical and mental health: Homelessness can have a significant impact on an individual's physical and mental health. People who are homeless may have a variety of health issues, including chronic illnesses, mental health issues and addiction. Improving health can be a key goal for many homeless people, as it can improve their quality of life and enable them to better manage other aspects of their lives.

Reconnecting with family and community: Homelessness can be isolating, and many homeless individuals and families may want to reconnect with family and friends. This can include reconnecting with estranged family members or building new relationships within the community.

Pursuing education and personal growth: Many homeless individuals may have a desire to pursue further education or learn new skills in order to improve their job prospects or personal growth.

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Weekly Meetings

Why do we establish weekly meetings?

The Winter Sanctuary men’s and women’s shelters are staffed by case managers who are specially trained to deal with the barriers faced by our residents. We develop a schedule to meet twice a week to establish a plan of action. 

Our case managers provide individualized attention and support to each of our residents. They understand that homelessness is often the result of systemic issues like poverty, addiction, or mental illness, and they strive to help residents navigate these complex challenges.

In addition to assisting residents in obtaining birth certificates, Social Security cards and other documents they may need, case managers provide access to numerous housing resources. This includes connecting them with landlords who may be willing to rent properties at reduced rates or helping them apply for subsidized housing programs that could make renting an apartment more affordable.

Our staff also works closely with local recovery groups and programs that can have a lasting effect on the lives of our clients. These organizations offer job training, educational classes, substance abuse counseling, and more—all designed to help our clients become more self-sufficient so they can achieve their goal of finding permanent housing.

Local Resources

Local Resources

Growing network of local resources available

Our shelter provides a variety of resources to help residents achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Some of the local resources that we may provide include:

Housing assistance: Many homeless shelters work with local housing authorities, landlords, and other organizations to help residents find permanent housing. This can include rental assistance programs, case management services, and other forms of support.

Employment services: Homeless shelters may provide job training programs, resume building workshops, and job placement assistance to help residents find and maintain employment. They may also provide assistance with finding apprenticeships or internships for individuals who are interested in learning a trade or gaining job experience.

Health and wellness services: Homeless shelters may provide on-site healthcare services, such as medical screenings, vaccinations, and basic medical care. They may also provide referrals to community health clinics and other healthcare providers for more specialized care.

Counseling and case management services: Homeless shelters may provide counseling and case management services to help residents address the underlying issues that led to their homelessness. This can include assistance with budgeting, financial management, and other life skills.

Education and personal development programs: Many homeless shelters may provide educational opportunities such as GED classes, literacy programs, and vocational training to help residents improve their job prospects.

Basic necessities: Homeless shelters provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene products. They may also provide laundry facilities and showers, which can help residents maintain a sense of dignity and self-worth.

Community resources and Referrals: Homeless shelters may work with other organizations in the community, such as churches, non-profits, and government agencies, to provide additional resources and services for residents. This can include emergency financial assistance, legal aid, and support for veterans and other special populations.

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