St. Vincent de Paul Juneau – We provide material and spiritual charity and work for social justice for all people.

Cold Weather Emergency Shelter (aka the Warming Shelter)

The Warming Shelter will be open tonight.

  • The shelter will be open at least through the night of  Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
  • The yellow St. Vincent de Paul Shuttle is out of action for maintenance. Look for a M&M Tours van with our familiar signs along the regular after hours routes.
  • We will update this webpage no later than Tuesday afternoon.

The shelter will be open, at least, when the predicted (at 3:00 pm the day prior) temperature for the night is 32 or below.  (In case you are curious, you can check yourself here.)

The shelter is located at St. Vincent de Paul’s facility at 8617 Teal Street.

When open, it operates from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

When CBJ Transit buses are not operating, the St. Vincent de Paul Shuttle runs a route on the hour until 2:00 am through Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Cheek and downtown (see route information below).

Notification of when the shelter is open is provided by this webpage, warmingshelter.org, on Twitter, and Facebook and remotely-controlled signs (all described below).

Shelter contact information – warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org / 907-500-3996 (when shelter is in operation only).

Notification of Shelter Operation Nights

Notification can be found at:

  • behind CBJ city hall at 820 Glacier Ave (downtown)
  • at the Warming Shelter at 8617 Teal Street (Mendenhall Valley)
  • Polaris House at 434 Willoughby Ave. (downtown near Salvation Army)
  • Resurrection Lutheran Church (above the entrance to the Food Pantry) 740 W 10th Street
  • St. Vincent Store at 9151 Glacier Hwy (Mendenhall Valley across from Valley Wells Fargo)
  • NEW! Hot Shot Coffee at 5234 Glacier Hwy (Lemon Creek in Front of Western Auto and Marine)

 

 

 

New! Email Notifications Warming Shelter Operating Nights Now Available

By popular request, email notifications of shelter operation nights (that are posted here, and by other methods), as had been done by the CBJ Housing Office in prior years, are now available.  Send your request to be added to the Warming Shelter Operating Nights Notification Email List to warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org.  Your email address will not be shared.

Shuttle  Route

Shuttle runs a route on the hour until 2:00 am through Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Cheek and downtown.

Leave shelter :15 after the hour
Mendenhall Mall bus stop :20 after the hour
Fred Meyer bus stop :25 after the hour
Sweitzer bus stop :28 after the hour
Anka bus stop :29 after the hour
Western Auto bus stop :31 after the hour
AWARE bus stop :36 after the hour
IGA Foodland bus stop :41 after the hour
Museum bus stop :42 after the hour
Downtown Library :44 after the hour
Glory Hole bus stop :45 after the hour
Transit Center :48 after the hour
Return to shelter on the hour

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Code of Conduct Guest

As per our contract with the CBJ, we are a low-barrier shelter.  This means that we make every effort to accommodate everyone who comes to use the shelter.  We only require that guests abide by this code of conduct while in the shelter.

 

A word about pets.

We are conscious that some of our guests are accompanied by non-human family members.  We simply require that these family members also abide by the code of conduct (where applicable).

 

 

 

 

Guest Service Guiding Principles

All SVdP staff and volunteers treat  our clients, donors, tenants, customers and visitors to our facilities as guests.  We follow these guest service guiding principles in how we treat all our guests, including our guests in the warming shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Comments Are Welcome

Regardless of whether you are a guest of the warming shelter (there are comment cards and a comment card box in the shelter, or by email to warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org) or otherwise (neighbor of the shelter), your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warming Shelter in the News

Listen to and read the KTOO story – Winter cold snap brings added challenges for Juneau’s homeless population

Read the Juneau Empire article here.
Watch the Juneau Empire video here.

Read the City and Borough of Juneau Press Release here.

Read the story on KTOO Public Media by by here.

Thanks For Assistance

Diane from Juneau Christian Center who volunteers each morning at 6:00 am to make a fresh and healthy breakfast for our guests (instead of our usual instant oatmeal in a cup on their way out the door to the bus).  If you or your group would like to volunteer at the shelter (helping me prepare dinner at 7-8 pm, serving dinner 10:30 to 11:30 pm, or preparing / serving breakfast 6 to 7 am) go to our volunteer page.

Employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital for a grant for foot care and sending pizzas one evening.

Papa Johns Pizza and its general manager for donating pizzas and bread sticks made from their extra dough.

Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaning for discounted bedding laundry services.

Commercial Signs & Printing for repainting our current shuttle bus, purchased from Juneau Youth Services (JYS) – both at generous discounts.

Hot Shot Coffee, Polaris House and Resurrection Lutheran Church for hosting our remote-controlled electronic notification signs.

Sportsman’s Warehouse for huge donation of winter clothing and accessories for guests of shelter.

Stan and Lynne Lee for selling us used commercial kitchen equipment from a remodel of their Tesoro Stations at a huge discount which will enable us to get the kitchen in the Community Center re-certified.

The Rasumson Foundation for a grant for a more energy-efficient and lower mileage used shuttle vehicle (located in Anchorage and and brokered by Mendenhall Auto Center) and a used commercial stove/oven (the last required piece of equipment for our recommissioned commercial kitchen).

We Need Additional Warming Shelter Staff

Job Summary

Staff members work generally from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am on nights the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter is open – generally when night temperatures are predicted (at 3:00 pm on the prior day according to NOAA website) to be below 32°).  Two staff members operate the shelter, located this year at SVdP’s facility on Teal Street in its Community Center (was the thrift store annex).  One staff member will periodically drive a shuttle on a route through downtown, Lemon Creek, and Mendenhall Valley starting when CBJ Transit buses stop operating until 2:00 am, and then starting in the morning, until the buses start again.  Staff members will check-in shelter guests, assist with AKHMIS documentation, provide bedding and other needs for sleeping, assist in waking guests in morning and arranging their transportation out of the shelter.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operate shelter with another staff member.
  • Welcome, care for, protect, and manage guests of the shelter.
  • Enforce shelter code of conduct (attached).
  • Drive shuttle to pick up and drop off guests.
  • Check in and complete AKHMIS paperwork (as needed) for guests.
  • Complete shift reports.
  • Provide services and support to guest, including beverages in morning.
  • Set up shelter (if Community Center was used that day).
  • Put away shelter (if Community Center will be used that day).
  • Straighten up shelter for next shift (if Community Center not being used).
  • Run shelter laundry (as needed).
  • Coordinate and cooperate with CBJ CCF/F C.A.R.E.S Program Staff in Sobering Center (in same facility.\
  • Ability to simply listen to the shelter’s guests experiencing homelessness.

Download a version of the job description here.

Download a Word version of our Employment Application (that you can fill out on your computer and print) here.

Download a PDF version of our Employment Application (that you print and fill out by hand) here.

You can send completed applications to warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org.

Background of Shelter

New Location in the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center

Click here for information about the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center.  It is located in the same facility as Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center, which houses the SVdP Community Navigators, Home Visit Team, and CBJ CCF/ C.A.R.E.S. Program Sobering Center.

 

 

History of the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

  • Established in the winter of 2017/18 by the CBJ and operated by The Glory Hall, AWARE and JYS.
  • For the winter of 2018/19 CBJ awarded the contract to The Glory Hall, AWARE (staffing) and SVdP (management).
  • SVdP manages the shelter though its Community Navigators, who regularly work with the guest of the shelter.