Ways To get Involved


We rely entirely on grants and donations to operate. With your generous contribution, we can continue to provide winter shelter to those in need. Hood River Shelter Services is a program of Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, and your donations are tax deductible.


Did you know we need 140 volunteers to operate each season? Spending a few hours of your night is a big help to the Shelter, and we hope an interesting and life enriching experience for you!


We provide a warm and safe place for those without homes to sleep uninterrupted during winter nights in the Gorge, along with a warm and healthy dinner, breakfast, access to clean clothes, medical care, and other services that our guests might need.

Our Mission

Our mission is to compassionately provide a safe place to meet the basic human needs of those without shelter during winter. We respect the dignity of all humans and aim to create a space that is both physically and emotionally safe for our guests and our volunteers.


Our History

The Hood River Shelter began to fill a critical need in the Gorge community. In 2009, a Hood River resident without a home died on the streets from exposure. The then-pastor of Hood River Valley Christian Church brought together a community of people who each declared not in my town will people be dying of hypothermia on the streets of Hood River and the Hood River Warming Shelter, now Hood River Shelter Services, was born. HRSS ran exclusively on volunteers from 2010-2017 and is now in its 10th operating season. The Shelter is open every-night during its yearly operations period from mid November through mid March.

HRSS is currently looking for a new location for winter 2020-2021 in order to prioritize new health and safety guidelines.