Village House Women’s Shelter


Village House Women’s Shelter

Closed for the season at St. Francis

Village House: An Interfaith Shelter of Hope
is a daytime center at St. Francis for as many as 15 delightful, medically fragile women. The center typically runs in late winter and is open Sunday-Wednesdays each week.

This remarkable effort to show God’s love provides a caring and loving environment. It’s the first 24-hour “safe space” some guests have had in years. More than 80 St. Francis members, along with neighbors and friends from Willow Glen and beyond, volunteered during our shelter-hosting rotation a year ago.

Volunteers listen to stories. They provide feedback for guests attending community college or preparing for a job interview. Volunteers stay overnight or just for two hours. Many come away inspired by the shelter guests. If your job keeps you busy during the day, no problem! You can help at the overnight shelter hosted by our neighbors, Willow Glen United Methodist Church.


The overnight shelter will move from Willow Glen United Methodist Church to St. Paul’s United Methodist, near San Jose State University. At this point, no more locations are available for a daytime shelter, though we are always looking for more locations. If you know of any faith communities that may be willing to host a daytime shelter, please contact Kelly Castellon Kelly Castellon or Chris Peacock.

Our guests’ next overnight home will be May 10 through June 7 at St. Paul’s. This congregation stepped up to fill a big gap in the calendar. The overnight shelter there will be administered by the Village House committee. (St. Paul’s will fully host the shelter in October.)

Although volunteers are needed throughout the month, St. Francis has agreed to make a special effort to find volunteers the week of May 31 through June 7. Note: Certain positions require some security screening; if you have already gone through the screening process for your church or at an earlier Village House site, no further screening is required.

Help St. Francis supply shelter volunteers in coming weeks at ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST, 405 South 10th St., San Jose, near San Jose State. Help with meals and hospitality or serve as an overnight host. SIGN UP AT

Make a financial contribution. Write a check to St. Francis, designating “Village House”, or contribute online at

Encourage others to volunteer. We’re happy to have even more friends and neighbors helping again this year. Please ask them. And please let us know about other faith communities interested in hosting an overnight or daytime shelter.

Pray for our guests and the shelter’s success. Through our shelter and volunteers, God is making a difference in these ladies’ lives.

Questions? contact Kimbra Ong, Kelly Castellon, Chris Peacock.