St. John Vianney Parish will be hosting Winter Nights in our Commons Vista from January 28th through February 11th. The first week we will be taking care of our guests needs, and the next week they will stay here, but St. Stephen’s Episcopal ,who we have been partnering with now for many years, will take care of their needs.
If you aren’t familiar with the Winter Nights Program, it provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children and for homeless seniors. The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time. Congregations throughout Central and East Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers. Bedding will be provided, and professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You have an opportunity to sign up to help set up or take down the day they come or leave, to cook, to clean, to tutor the children, to help with weekend activities, to set out breakfast for them early on weekdays and clean up when they leave, and to stay overnight or do activities with them on the weekend. We will be taking signups for volunteers on the weekend of January 12/13 and for food on the weekend of January 19/20th. If you are not able to spend some time supporting these families or to bring food, consider a donation to Winter Nights which will be used to support them as they stay here and then the funds remaining will be given to the Shelter to help support their full-time staff.
Click here to sign up to help our neighbors in need!