Bad Weather Shelter

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Bad Weather Shelter

(BWS)

The Bad Weather Shelter (BWS) is a Friends In Deed program that provides shelter in Pasadena for individuals experiencing homelessness during the winter season. For the last several years, the Bad Weather Shelter has been weather activated through:

Forecast of 40 degrees or below;
at least 40% chance of rain; and/or
anticipated winds of 40 mph or higher.

The Bad Weather Shelter generally runs from the beginning of December through the beginning of March.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, the 2021-2022 Bad Weather Shelter will remain modified to a Supply Distribution. This program will start in early January 2022 and run through late March.

During this time, clients can come by First United Methodist Church (500 E. Colorado, Pasadena CA 91101) on Thursdays between 5 – 7pm, as well as on weather-activated days (less than 40 degrees, or more than 40% chance of rain). Clients will have the opportunity to receive supplies, including ponchos, blankets, food, etc. On Thursdays, our partners at the Azusa Pacific University nursing program will also be on-hand to provide health consulting and skin care.

During the weather-activated days, Friends In Deed will also have a limited number of motel room one-night stays to offer the most vulnerable members of the community, including the elderly, women, immuno-compromised, and those with mobility issues. 

Please call 888-915-8111 for automated information and to find out whether this program is activated for the night.

Azusa Pacific University Nursing students will be present to provide basic medical checkups and referrals.

To find out if the shelter is open during the active bad weather season,
call the Hotline, 1.888.915.8111. For all other questions, call 626.797.2402.

For over 30 years, the Bad Weather Shelter had previously been located in the gymnasium of the Pasadena Covenant Church. We thank them for their many years of service.

How the Bad Weather Shelter Usually Operates

The Bad Weather Shelter is a high tolerance shelter. At 8:00 pm, individual guests are admitted, registered, provided with a cot, sheet and blanket, and then given a hot meal, prepared in the Pasadena Covenant Church kitchen. Guests leave the shelter by 7:00 am each morning. There is no discrimination due to race, sexual orientation, gender, ancestry, national origin, legal status, or disabilities.

Staffing

The shelter is staffed by professionals who are experienced working with the homeless, mentally ill, and drug addicted populations.  Several work as professionals at Union Station, Lake Avenue Foundation, and Passageways. A nurse from Passageways/Pacific Clinics provides flu shots, health evaluations, and palliative care. Special programs include Twelve Step Programs, Foot Washing, and periodic entertainment by the volunteer groups.

Volunteering for the Bad Weather Shelter

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Bad Weather Shelter, please email Lindsey Reed, at lindseyr@friendsindeedpas.org. We are also looking for people, or groups, that can volunteer on short notice.

During regular Bad Weather Shelter seasons, we request that volunteer groups be comprised of NO MORE THAN 15 PEOPLE. Larger groups can interfere with the functioning of the shelter. Volunteers are asked NOT TO BRING ITEMS TO BE DONATED to the shelter. ALL MEALS MUST BE PREPARED IN THE PASADENA COVENANT CHURCH KITCHEN. NO EXCEPTIONS!

BWS Volunteer Application | BWS Volunteer Training Manual 2019-2020 | “Meals to Make” in BWS Kitchen | BWS Hotline 2019-20

History

The Bad Weather Shelter first opened in 1986 in response to the emergency needs of homeless persons in Pasadena. These were individuals who for a variety of reasons lacked adequate refuge during the cold and wet winter months. The shelter was located at the Salvation Army gymnasium until 1989 and then moved to its present location in the gymnasium of the Pasadena Covenant Church.

The first director of the shelter was Dr. Joe Colletti whose vision, care and energy made the shelter possible. In 1989 the shelter became an official program of Friends In Deed.

Rebecca Huang was instrumental in organizing support for the Bad Weather Shelter when the City of Pasadena was forced to reduce their funding following the economic downturn.

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