INTERFAITH ROTATING WINTER SHELTER OF DAVIS

Rating: 4.94 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 412 C St Davis CA 95616 USA

Mission: The Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis (IRWS) is a community based-effort enabling member congregations to provide cold-weather shelter and hospitality on a rotating basis to persons who are homeless in the Davis community.
Results: Year 2 (2008-2009): 102 different guests served; 2,083 hot evening meals; 627 volunteers; 23 congregations/community groups; total expenditures: $4,441. Year 1 (2007-2008):  81 different guests served; 1,229 hot evening meals; 493 volunteers; 9 congregations/community groups; total expenditures: $4,497
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2008-2009: 102; 2007-2008: 81
Geographic areas served: City of Davis

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I had a blast meeting the participants of the program, sleeping over twice and cooking a great meal with wonderful volunteers. Thanks to all who make this wonderful organization possible!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to other cities (I have friends in Sac who would like to volunteer in Sac)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my ability to help in a significant way that fits my schedule

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

meet even more needs

Ways to make it better...

a little better transition from dinner/evening crew to night crew

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the City and their cap on the # of people we can serve

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization is great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My involvement with IRWS has been nothing sort than inspirational and eye-opening. I am incredibly grateful to have volunteered with IRWS for more than a year now, and I was so impressed by the shelter that I have become increasingly more involved. Now, after assisting the board and really getting to know our guests, I've been inspired to include the homeless and other low-income individuals in mind as I pursue a human rights/ public policy law degree. Because of my experiences with IRWS, I have decided to dedicate more of my life to helping those without homes, and to all the kindhearted people of IRWS I am eternally grateful.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the memorable conversations I've head with our guests and the numerous ways in which I have grown through my experiences with the guests.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly full of love. It's a pleasure being surrounded by such caring and passionate individuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring peace on Earth!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I look forward to sharing my time with guests at the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter. Volunteering in this way is so meaningful to me. I know that I learn something from each guest that strengthens my faith and when I see them satisfied with a good meal and a clean sleeping bag in which to sleep, I know my time is well spent. I have come to know something about homelessness that I never knew before and hope to be able to continue giving my time to this endeavor. It is very well worth every moment!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting to know the guests and experiencing their confidence in my leadership.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing specific at this time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to get to know our guests and understand better what the homeless go through.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, kind, understanding and willing to go the extra mile.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide workshops that would hoefully reduce the nubmer of homeless through education and preparedness for returning to the community.

Ways to make it better...

A in all new endeavors, each year we improve on our experiences and this being our third year, we have come very far. Next year will be even better and hopefully members of the City Council and our neighbors will recognize the good that is done our guests

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

relating to neighbors and members of the City Council

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would like to see us invite member os the City Council and neighbors to volunteer in a way that creates a better understanding of our intentions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am very busy yet I find time to volunteer as I firmly believe that IRWS certainly makes a difference in the lives of our community's homeless. Any evening is an experience in friendship, tasty homecooked culinary treats and gifting of ourselves, our time and effort. What goes around, comes around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Developing personal friendships within our community with others I might not have otherwise met.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of giving without expecting anything in return.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Open, warm, interested, willing to help minimize, even if only temporarily, the challenges of homelessness of providing basic food and shelter

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a facility and estabilsh a program for our community's homeless that would allow for guests basic stability to establish themselves back into the mainstream of society and work force.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The IRWS of Davis is one of the most impactful community efforts I have ever seen. It is truly amazing to see people and families from all walks of life participate in the provision of shelter and hospitality for the underserved homeless in our community. I look forward to every time I am able to encounter guests and fellow volunteers who have become friends to me. I feel extraordinarily blessed to be a part of such an inspiring organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing guests feel safe and supported upon entering the shelter. I have first handely seen what happens between guests and volunteers when both parties show up.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be able to pay staff to have more consistent coverage.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the guests and the volunteers on a personal level. Enjoying dinner and conversation with friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly compassionate, thoughtful, giving and selfless

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world!

Ways to make it better...

I was more experienced

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not having enough volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so thankful to the IRWS for the oppurtunity they have given me to help serve the homeless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful shelter. I wasn't sure what to expect. I haven't worked with the homeless before and was a little nervous. But I quickly found myself laughing and having a great time. The homeless clients were wonderful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very knowledgeable and kind. I felt right at home the minutes I walked through the door.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Most recent - stayed overnight. I was truly impressed with the organization of the evening, including two giant notebooks that seemed to have every possible contingency accounted for with instructions on what to do. Organizers are extremely helpful, guests know the drill and respect the volunteers and the facility. A wonderful way of taking care of "the least of these."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how those living homeless respect the church and seek to live in partnership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Organization and training. Internships for grad students - what a great idea! (I'm not a student, but think that's really cool).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It doesn't need that, but it would be nice if they had a paid staff member instead of relying on one church's pastor to do so much.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

What a great program. I volunteered this year and was most excited by the openness of the volunteers. I gained a whole new perspective on the homeless community. One of the best programs in Davis... especially as they operate on such a small budget.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful interactions between staff and guests.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I think this program is a blessing. I'm glad the IRWS is in our community. It's a great service opportunity, so I am very grateful for that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have served as a member of the overnight staff for a few nights

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's a great opportunity to do service in the community. The level of organization makes it easy to participate. Our guest seem very grateful for the service and I'm glad to have a chance to help these folks out because they all deserve the help

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Other folks I've volunteered with were very friendly and the program seems to be nicely organized. The interns are awesome and seem to be very compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take a serious shot at eliminating homelessness in the Davis/Sacramento area

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been so blessed by the guests at the IRWS shelter as well as with the most amazing volunteers

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that it is a faith based organization that is strictly run by volunteers and churches and has become a well oiled machine

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed meeting our guests and getting to know who they are

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and generous and had one purpose, to serve our less fortunate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become independent from the surrounding neighbors who are against the homeless in the city, give vocational scholarships and provide more counseling services

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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