HOW WSN OPERATES
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WSN moved from providing shelter to guests in a congregant setting to utilizing hotel vouchers in order to serve guests and volunteers in a safer way. Beginning November 1, 2020, WSN will serve Douglas County, Colorado residents experiencing homelessness through limited hotel vouchers. Residents who meet our eligibility criteria will be served based on funding and hotel room availability. Priority will be given to women and women with children as that population has been the service group WSN has served since 2016.
Volunteers from our partner churches will provide nutritional support to guests during their stay with us. The WSN Coordinator will work with guests to determine other needs and direct guests to appropriate resources and support in the community. Case management services will be provided to our guests through our partners-Catholic Charities and Manna Connect.
WSN Eligibility Criteria
Douglas County Residents
No active wants/warrants
No drug/alcohol use
Not fleeing from domestic violence
No significant untreated mental health concern
Households who do not meet our eligibility criteria are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.
WEATHER AND AVAILABILITY
The Winter Shelter Network (WSN) operates nightly from November 1 through March 31, regardless of the outside weather conditions. One Overnight Host Church opens its doors each night to Douglas County single women or women with children. Guests must apply via our website and undergo a warrant check before being accepted into the program. Applicants who are not admitted or do not qualify for the WSN will be referred to other services. Once accepted, guests reserve space for themselves and/or their family via our Coordinator. Space is reserved on a first come, first served basis. Guests are not allowed to "walk in" to the shelter without a confirmed reservation. Guests must adhere to the program guidelines at all times. Failure to adhere to the program guidelines will result in immediate termination.
Admittance and Referral Procedure
The Winter Shelter Network serves single women and single mothers with children in Douglas County, Colorado who are in need of temporary shelter. Applicants must be able to pass a warrant check. Due to the limitations of our program, we are unable to serve individuals who are in an active domestic violence situation, are dealing with a substance abuse issue or who have an untreated serious mental health condition. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to serve adult males.
We are committed to be a DRUG, ALCOHOL, and WEAPON free program.
Potential guests are referred from our partnering county agencies listed below. Guests can also access services through the Get Assistance page on our website.
Catholic Charities 720-215-4521
Parker Task Force 303-841-3460
Douglas Elbert Task Force 303-688-1114
Typical Daily Schedule for Guests
12 PM Deadline for current guests to reserve space for the night
2 PM Deadline to admit new guests
5 PM Shelter doors open
6:30 PM Dinner served family style
8 PM Deadline for guest admittance
9:30 PM Lights out
6 AM Wake up and breakfast
7:30 AM Guests leave Overnight Host Church