season 17 "re-imagined"


Contra Costa County Operating Guidelines


We are very pleased to announce that Winter Nights will be opening its 2020-2021 season in early November to help move homeless families towards self-sufficiency. Due to our concern for the health and safety of our clients and staff, as well as Covid-19-related guidelines from our County Health Department, we will be making some adjustments to our usual operating model.  In addition to the guidelines listed below, we will be having each host facility disinfected before and after our tenancy, as well as some other operational adaptations.  

We want to extend a huge thank you to our participating congregations. Your support, loyalty, creativity, and in this case of shifting foundations, patience is what makes our program possible. We’d also like to thank the Contra Costa County Health Department for their collaborative and responsive efforts.

If we have learned anything in the past six months, it’s the importance of flexibility.  We will maintain close communication with the County Health Department and will continue to follow their guidelines and adapt our operations to conditions as they change and we’ll update this page to reflect those changes.


  • Rather than stay two weeks per site, the shelter will stay one month per site (four weeks) to minimize the number of locations.
  • Because of social-distancing rules, fewer clients than normal can be sheltered at a site at one time.
  • Tents will be placed 12 feet apart.
  • Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and used by only one family.
  • Clients must be COVID-tested and found free of the virus before entry into the program.
  • Daily screening for temperature and symptoms will be conducted.
  • Masks, handwashing, and surface cleaning protocols will be scrupulously followed.
  • Clients will shelter-in-place except for essential jobs, school, trips to doctors or other essential activities.
  • No Winter Nights volunteers will be allowed inside the shelter