the emergency winter shelter

Redmond United Methodist Church has been hosting the Emergency Winter Shelter, an outreach of The Sophia Way and Catholic Community Services, since the Fall of 2008. This year we’re trying to make it better than ever, and we invite you to help!

We anticipate hosting families each night from October 15th through the end of December. This includes holidays, which are special opportunities to care for those in our community who need it.


Volunteer to serve at the shelter 

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RUMC is looking for volunteers each night from 7:30-10pm to provide hospitality and operations assistance. 

A background check and safety training is required... View the sign up page for more information!

Prepare a meal for the guests

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Each night, the EWS provides a warm meal to its guests. Sign up to donate a meal here!

Donate necessities

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On a daily basis, the guests at the shelter have a variety of needs that we would love to be able to meet. Due to specific needs and our limited storage space, we ask that you sign up and purchase according to the needs expressed on our sign up page.

Contact the RUMC EWS team for more information.


the Emergency Winter Shelter

During the late summer of 2008, a member of our church, Monty George, attended one of The Sophia Way monthly lunches at Bellevue Congregational Church. It was during this meeting that she discovered that the Sophia Way shelter at Bellevue Congregational Church was the very first and only shelter offered for women living in homeless on the Eastside. The number of women who were struggling for safety, shelter, and a warm meal was increasing, especially during the winter, and Bellevue Congregational Church was getting near capacity. More shelter facilities were needed. Monty knew that Redmond United Methodist Church already had a successful, long-term relationship with Congregation For The Homeless Men and had opened the church fellowship hall for a winter shelter. We hosted 23 men every January for 31 days and the numbers were growing each year. Monty decided to approach The Sophia Way about becoming a host church. In September, she shared some information and reached out to the church for help through our Sunday bulletin. Eight members from the congregation were present at the first meeting. This was the start of RUMC's involvement with the Eastside Emergency Shelter. In October of 2008, we happily opened our doors to welcome the women. RUMC continues to open its doors to the EWS, which now includes homeless families and works closely with Catholic Community Services, providing for the homeless and their needs.