Ways To get Involved
HRSS operates thanks to the generosity of grants and individual donations. With your continued support, we can continue to provide winter shelter to those in need. Hood River Shelter Services is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, and your donations are tax deductible.
In a normal season we need 140 volunteers to operate. However, due to updated safety protocols and procedures our volunteer program looks a little different this winter. Interested in how you can still get involved?
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, and other services that our guests might need.
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.
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. The Shelter is open every-night during its yearly operations period from mid November through mid March.