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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization full of large and kind hearts. I hope it is given freedom to let all that generosity touch as many folk as possible each night it is in operation.

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

How kind and respectful both the participants and the volunteers are to each other. Everyone involved is so supportive of the goal of having access to a little shelter in the cold.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed volunteering at this rotating shelter. The rotation is coordinated among many congregations, and there are a few very devoted people that keep us all organized. I am amazed. The outreach is great, it seems, because the shelter is utilized by a diverse group of people from all walks of life who find themselves homeless at this time. I think the student interns play a key role in keeping this working, and they impress me with their responsibility and real devotion. This is the first time our congregation has been involved and I am proud that I got to be a part of it.

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

speaking with the guests and learning that they come from all walks of life and they really do need our services.

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

expand it!

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

Serving dinner and meeting the other volunteers.

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

Responsible, devoted, exhausted and overworked. They did not push their religious preferences and instead exemplified what lots of windbag preachers recommend that we aspire to be

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

build a non-moving shelter! There is a lot of labor involved in transport of equipment that could instead be utilized in more fulfilling ways

Ways to make it better...

My rabbi had made an appearance

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

Support and understanding from all the religious communities involved, legal advice for concerns about safety and liability issues so that everyone understands the (small and worthwhile) risks involved in hosting the shelter.

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

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  

4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered there last night. The tone was lovely, the staff were inspiring, and I especially appreciated how people of all faiths (or no faith) were all welcomed -- no one was preached to and everyone was fed and got to sleep there no string attached. I was sad to read in the local paper that some people in our town aren't enthusiastic about this service, as I think is is both essential, and well planned and implemented.

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

my town. Later in the day I saw one of the guests enjoying a lunch that I had packed in the park. I was glad to have helped.

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

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

inspiring. Especially Bill Habicht. He embodies generosity of spirit, supporting the homeless in an open respectful way, donating time, expertise and food, and sharing his family with the homeless, while still working and volunteering in other contexts.

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

build houses for the homeless, as it already works hard to do this for low income folks. AS it is, it runs well on a tight budget, but just imagine those folks all having a safe place to sleep with rooms of their own...

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about it and volunteered to help out too. I think that a few people do the lion's share of the volunteering and appear very tired. With more volunteers, the tasks could be spread out more.

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

The city council. I appreciate that they changed their minds about the rule limiting the shelter to 25 people, after someone was turned away on the coldest night of the year... This said, I do think they could be more supportive.

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

This is a worthwhile experience.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

My grandson and his youth group volunteered last week and when he came home he was so pleased that all the people there were in a warm place and "their bellies were full and then we came around and gave them desert." It was a wonderful experience for him to do something for others and to see them as just people who needed a good meal and a warm place to spend the night.

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

Watching the positive impact it has had on everyone who volunteers there as well as on the clients being served.

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

The interaction between people during dinner as a group of equals sit and talk.

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

Universally positive and there to serve.

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

Never have to turn people away as they have to now due to city agreements.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at the shelter overnight and as a driver and preparing meals. I enjoy meeting the guests, and seeing them around town. They are so appreciative of the service that they really step up to participate in clean-up and are very helpful. The shelter does so much good with a very minimal cost. More involvement by ordinary residents helps us as a city to see homelessness in a different light. No one should have to be out in the cold or the rain overnight.

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

my kids no longer being afraid of "bums"

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

that ordinary people who stand up and make the effort to do the right thing can bring about such positive change.

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

wonderful If you really want to meet the most wonderful people in your community, go volunteer at the homeless shelter.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at the shelter in the past cooking dinner and staying overnight. It is a good program and the guests really appreciate it. I really love that the founders care so much about the homeless and the work they are doing to serve the homeless. I hope more people will get involved so the shelter can keep running!

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

the expressed gratitude of some of the guests.

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

the interactions with the guests. very touching.

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

caring and giving. it made me want to do more in order to give them a break from their hard work!

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

serve a bigger breakfast, offer blankets and better sleeping gear, hire trained staffers for overnight positions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for the IRWS the past 2 years at Davis U. Methodist Church as a driver, bringer of food, and overnight supervisor. I had many opportunities to talk with our guests and listened to of their stories of life on the street. I am impressed by how many volunteers step up to help in the effort, and each year (including this season) the effort is better organized. All the shelter, beds, food and labor is provided by the local community, especially the participating churches. I think we've never turned anybody away for lack of beds, food, etc.

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

mobilizing local churches and university youth

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

I don't know

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

getting to know other volunteers and our homeless clients

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

the best sort of people

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

expand to many other communities and train more leaders

Ways to make it better...

homelessness wasn't a problem

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

getting more people involved

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have had the privilege of welcoming guests and helping w/ intake. I felt like I was immediately part of the team and was grateful to receive support from more experienced staff. I will be volunteering again.

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

friendly, warm, open, accepting, welcoming and inclusive

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  

5 people found this review helpful

What a gift this program is to the unsheltered of Davis, what a gift it is to have served those folks as a volunteer. The program is gracious, kind, has firm boundaries, enforces ownership by assigning the guests chores in each building that is serving them. The leaders are committed and so hard working, the UCD interns are so clearly talented. Way to go IRWS!!

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

seeing the guests of the building dry and rested after a cold rainy night in Davis!

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

that I met unsheltered folks of Davis and enjoyed their company.

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

terrific!

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

change the lives of homeless men and women and help them get off the streets and become contributing members of our society!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

It's a pleasure to be involved with such an organized, committed group of folks. I'm thankful our community offers this ministry. Count me in for volunteering every year.

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

that every year it gets better and better!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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