What is the Alameda Warming Shelter?

The Alameda Warming Shelter is designated to be a warm, safe and respectful place for homeless persons to get out of the cold and rainy weather. The shelter will be open on nights when the weather is forecast to be 40 degrees or colder or rain is predicted. Guests will be provided with dinner, a place to sleep and breakfast. The Warming Shelter is a project of Building Futures for Women and Children, and the City of Alameda, and is hosted by Christ Episcopal Church.

  • The Warming Center available to men and women will open in early December, and will continue through the first week of April.

  • The Center expects to serve 15-20 guests for the 2019 Season.

  • The Warming Shelter is not a drop-in shelter. Intakes for people with a connection to Alameda are available at :

    • The Alameda Laundry Program (645 Central Ave in Alameda EVERY Thursday starting at 10:00 am. One load per person only. Last load goes in at 12:15 pm. For more information, please contact Building Futures at 510-686-2332)

    • Assistance with finding housing and other vital services will be available.

We need your help!

The Alameda Warming Shelter project depends upon the support of caring community members. Specifically, we are seeking dinner cook groups to “adopt” one night of the week fro the duration of the project - expected to run between early December through the first week of April. Groups will be notified on Mondays what days the shelter will be open. Shorter commitments may be available.

Dinners prepared at volunteer’s own kitchen should serve an estimated 15-20 people, Dinner include ab entree, a salad, a veggie side-dish, a starch and a desert. Volunteers are invited to stay, serve and visit with the guests. For questions about signing up your group to be a Warming Shelter Dinner Provider, please contact Ana Maria Mahiri ar 510-924-3090, or amahiri@bfwc.org