St. Mary’s Center provides the only winter shelter exclusively for seniors in the Bay Area. Seniors, feeling acutely vulnerable, often avoid shelters that are full of younger people, and opt to sleep out on the street. The streets do not offer much safety, however, and the rain and cold can exacerbate health problems. Our winter shelter offers a congenial environment, supportive staff, case management, and on-site services such as health assessments, mental health services, recovery programs, and healthy meals.
Our shelter is open from the beginning of December through the end of April. The 25 shelter guests receive a home-cooked dinner courtesy of volunteers, and breakfast each morning. Seniors who stay more than one or two nights are asked to meet with one of our social workers to start the process of case management and finding permanent housing. Senior residents also participate in a housing savings program and attend wellness meetings five days a week at 4 pm.
If you are homeless and need shelter, call 510-923-9600 and ask to speak to the Worker of the Day or come to our Center at 925 Brockhurst St. along San Pablo Ave. between 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Ask to see a social worker.