The “crown jewel” of the Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego is the Rotational Shelter Program. This is a seasonal emergency shelter program that takes in men, women and families with children and over 120 congregations participate. Through neighborhood congregations linking with others, people are sheltered where there are no shelters and receive the understanding and support of congregations when previously all they knew was fear and uncertainty. Congregations benefit by getting to know homeless individuals personally and the mutual sharing of stories is beneficial to both. Case management is the key to success for our guests and they are only sent to congregations in the Network after being screened by an area social service agency to assure there will be no active drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Guests sent to the Network’s congregations must be willing to work closely with the referring social service agency to resolve the problems leading to their homelessness.
UCUC is proud to be a part of this community outreach which supports individuals and families as they move toward independence. This year, UCUC will work with Clairemont Lutheran Church, located at 4272 Clairemont Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92117. Our responsibilities will be to host, make and serve dinner, and join our guests for dinner. Additionally, each evening we will provide an overnight host. Our volunteer dates are Friday, March 15th through Monday, March 18th. The kitchen opens at 5:15pm each night and dinner is served buffet style at 6pm. If you would like to help, signup sheets will be available so volunteers can indicate their food donations, typically enough for 12-16 people. Please consider contributing food, volunteering in the kitchen, and joining everyone for dinner!! Signup sheets can be found in the narthex. For more information contact Judy Wilkinson.