Bad Weather Shelter

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Bad Weather Shelter


The Bad Weather Shelter is open at Trinity Lutheran Church from January 15th through mid-April.

Weather-activated nights include:

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

Members of the community can call 888-915-8111 at any time to find out if the shelter is activated.

To find out if the shelter will be weather-activated on any given night during the active bad weather season,
call the Hotline, 1.888.915.8111. For all other questions, call 626.797.2402 x120.

Volunteering for the Bad Weather SHELTER PROGRAM

We are actively accepting volunteers for the 2024 Bad Weather Shelter season.

To volunteer or for BWS volunteer questions/concerns, please contact Director of the Bad Weather Shelter Laura Van Alstine at or 626.797.2402 x120.


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 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.

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.

In 2024, the Bad Weather Shelter began service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena.

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