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“The tents offer families privacy. They zip shut and clients can safely keep their personal belongings in the tent when they are out during the day.”
“Case management, tutoring for the kids, and a warm place to stay. And plenty of food! We’ve been here ten days.”
Oasis day shelter
The Oasis day shelter at St. Vincent de Paul, provides respite for families with young children during the day. Guests have access to computers so they can conduct job searches and get in touch with physicians, teachers and case managers.
“The people at Winter Nights are welcoming, loving and friendly – you guys are really concerned about us.”
“We couldn’t have been luckier with staff, church people, the churches-they were all wonderful.”
“This gives you a chance to get back on your feet, my son wants to stay in school now.”
“The tutoring has helped my son, and encouraged him to read more. And the reading teaches sharing, like my son reading to the baby.”
“…and we got resources for my son’s dyslexia which has been helpful. He has a lot more confidence and is starting to read a lot better, sounds out words now.”
Activities & Celebrations
“They had a birthday party for our twelve year old daughter and she said, ‘I think this is the biggest party I ever had!”
A volunteer with a professional background in integral coaching meets with parents individually to focus on issues holding them back and develop untapped strengths and the confidence to use them.
“The life coach was one of the biggest benefits for me. I didn’t have confidence in myself, and that gave me my confidence back.”
“The Parents Support Group with the poems! I write poetry and it really helped me.”
Employment & Resumes
“I had a resume Jim kept from 7 years before and combined with my experience since then, and made it into a great resume. I’ve gotten lots of interviews and I have a job as a landscaper”.
Continued Success Program
Winter Nights Continued Success Program is for families after they have left the shelter. We want to provide simple follow-up to see how they are doing, listen and share in their continued success, and offer resources to head off potential problems that might cause them to lose their housing again.
Parking Lot Program
Supervised, overnight parking at a lot in East County. Breakfast and access to restrooms are provided. A dedicated member of staff stays at the location from 8:30pm-7am. Clients are also able to use The Oasis day shelter.
“I have a lot of love I haven’t felt in a long time, and it’s coming from strangers. Now all the puzzle pieces are coming together.”