Message from the City: Volunteer at the Severe Weather Shelter

By City Staffcity-of-beaverton-logo

The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter was opened in January 2017 to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay during the winter. The shelter is operated by Just Compassion of East Washington County. This winter, it will be open on Thursday nights from Nov. 2-Mar. 29, 2018 (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.) at the Beaverton Community Center (12350 SW Fifth St.). There is space for 30 adults on a first come, first served basis. Dinner and breakfast is provided.

Volunteers are essential for the operation of the shelter—we can’t open without enough support! They provide support in a variety of roles including:

  • Greeters/Servers: Greet/sign-in guests and check bags. Set up the room for the evening, and help serve dinner, provided by Meals on Wheels.
  • Overnight Host: Join guests for dinner, stay overnight, and help serve a light grab-and-go breakfast in the morning.
  • Morning Help: Arrive early to help serve breakfast, check out guests, and clean/store supplies for the day.

Volunteers will receive training and support throughout the winter seasons. They must be able to travel on-site in times of severe weather, such as heavy snow, ice, and rain. A training is schedule for Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Beaverton Community Center (12350 SW Fifth St.).

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. To apply as a volunteer and attend the training or for more information or visit or contact Megan Cohen at 503-526-2584 or