Provide shelter and services for up to 29 adults this winter. Trinity Center members enrolled in the Winter Shelter will receive assistance with job search; services to find emergency, transitional or permanent housing; and health care services to help them avoid a return to the street when the Shelter closes.
The program is aligned with Contra Costa Zero 2016 goals targeting but not limited to housing 4 veterans and 19 chronically homeless individuals living in Walnut Creek by the end of 2016.
How SJV Will Help
Meals – Monday, February 1 thru Sunday, February 7, 2016
St. John Vianney church is providing evening meals, Monday through Sunday, for Shelter members the week of February 1 – 7. Approximately 100 parishioners are needed to donate cooked meal items, so we can provide a simple, hearty, evening meal for about 30 people each evening.
· Thank you for your generous response to cook meal items or donate money. The sign ups for meal items were filled this weekend. Please see the additional ways to help below or visit Trinity Center website, if you missed the sign ups after Mass.
If you can’t help that week, your cash donations are also greatly appreciated to buy additional food and supplies. Donation checks should be made to: SJV with Trinity Center Shelter in the notes line.
Pope Francis has asked us to look within our own communities and perform simple acts of mercy. Join our Faith in Action and St. Vincent de Paul Ministries in this simple outreach to those trying to get off the streets and improve their lives.
Thank you for your generous support!
If you have questions, please contact Maggie Chaffee,
Additional Ways to Help
If you can help with any of the following opportunities, please email Carol Lombard, Volunteer Director – Winter Shelter at Trinity Center. Carol's email is
If you missed signing up for SJV's week of meals, you can still provide meal items for Trinity Center by sending Carol Lombard an email with Food in the subject line. The shelter will need evening meals through it closure in mid-March.
Adult Volunteers Needed
Assist Shelter Manager with evening operations, 5:30pm - 1:00am. Due to staff illnesses and vacations, we need 7 volunteers to take one night each week from now through March 12 (3 nights). No exerience needed. Please contact Jessie Jones as soon as possible : (925) 464-3893
Resume Writing Team
Our first activity is going to be with our Resume Writing Team starting this Monday night, Jan 4th. If you are interested in being part of this team send an email with Resume in the subject to Carol. She can include 3 or 4 more people in that effort. She has 6 people currently. They will help fine tune resumes, write cover letter, conduct mock interviews, etc. Trinity Center a staff Job Developer, who will lead the team. Trinity Center’s Job Developer has successfully placed a number of Trinity’s clients with local employers such as UPS and local Walnut Creek retailers.
Basketball Team Leader
Trinity Center would like to see if they could get 2 people to volunteer to run a basketball game on Thursday nights at 5:30 or 6:00 pm. If you are interested in being a Basketball Team Leader send Carol an email with Basketball in the subject line. If you do this it does not have to be every Thursday. We can rotate people through and it will depend on the weather.
Wednesday nights will be devoted to “getting what you need out of the systems.” If you have skills in patient navigation, have been a case worker, worked with insurance, Medicare/Medicaide, Social Security, Food Stamps, etc. Send Carol an email with Systems Navigator in the subject. Wednesday nights can be different each week depending on the specific skills people have to offer.
Mental Health Professionals
Trinity Center would like to support our members in all aspects of their health and healing. We know that being on the streets is traumatizing and most of our members have suffered hardships that lead to them being on the streets. To help them get back on their feet we want to offer them a chance to process their experiences. If you have a degree in mental health care and would be willing to sit and talk with people once a week for about 30/45 minutes please let Carol know. You would likely only meet with 2 people a week. We believe this would function as a release valve and supportive ear for the most part. If you are interested in this type of volunteering put Mental Health in the subject line and include exactly what type of credentials you have.
ART projects!! Ideas?? Trinity Center would like to make Sunday evenings Art project night. They have very limited space and limited budget for art supplies. If you want to get creative send Carol an email with Art in the subject line and then tell her what kind of project you want to do with their members.
Parent with Teenager
Several people have emailed Trinity Center about volunteering with their kids. They love the idea of kids being here. They believe adults behave better around kids. Generally, they do not let anyone under 18 volunteer on their own. If parents accompany kids that works. Please email Carol with Parent with Teenager in the subject line. Carol is working on a project that the kids can be part of. Kids are part of our community and it's great to get them active in helping and understanding our challenges as a community.