Sanctuary for the holidays

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This page was created in support of Winter Sanctuary 2014 - Click here to join this cause

Help us make a radical impact in the lives of those who need it most. Our mission is to raise $300,000 in order to provide temporary housing and food for hundreds of Sacramento's homeless during the winter months. 

Each winter, cold and wet weather conditions threaten the lives of nearly 1,000 homeless men and women who live on Sacramento-area streets. The Winter Sanctuary Program was founded to meet the needs of these individuals with nowhere to go. Comprised of a network of religious congregations under the leadership of Sacramento Steps Forward, Winter Sanctuary is the only winter shelter option for single, homeless adults. The goal of this privately funded program is to help these individuals, who all too often fall through the cracks.

Program Basics (data from HMIS)

  • 133 nights of shelter, hot meals, and simple breakfasts provided (November 19, 2012 to March 31, 2013)
  • An average of 89 guests sheltered nightly
  • 536 unduplicated guests served
  • Average length of stay: 24 days
  • Median length of stay: 10 days

Guest Demographics and Subpopulation Characteristics (data from HMIS)

  • Gender: The majority of Winter Sanctuary guests are male. Male 63%, Female 37%, less than 1%Transgendered (n=1)
  • Age: 70% ofWinter Sanctuary guests are between the ages of 25 and 54. Less than 10% of guests are Transition AgeYouth age 18-24 or Seniors 62 and older, 7% and 5% respectively.
In order to bring awareness and drive support for this project, Pastor Rick from Capital Christian is going to live on the streets and live like a homeless person starting 9/28. He is going to stay on the streets until the full $300,000 is raised. Paul and I, along with our kids, are working toward raising enough money to help provide shelter for these individuals for 2 months to get them through the holidays. $11 provides shelter for one night - our goal is to raise $660 in total to provide shelter for 2 months. If each of you can give for at least one night, $11, we can get to our goal and get Pastor Rick off the streets.

Anonymous $11.00
Anonymous $11.00
Cristina G. and Paul Vaunhefflyunn Family $165.00

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