The Warming Shelter hosted unhoused neighbors of Wilmington for a total of 10 nights in early 2022. Stay tuned as we continue to work, plan and organize for the coming seasons!

The Warming Shelter, opens on nights the temperature drops below 30 degrees (two consecutive nights) to offer overnight beds and comforts to persons experiencing homelessness.
with only 24-48 hours notice to MOBILIZE, The shelter is organized by a community of volunteers who stand ready to go.
The Warming Shelter is a collaborative community effort sponsored by The Feast Gathering, Trinity UMC, Hope Recovery UMC, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and various other local partners.

There are many Ways to Volunteer and Get Invovled:

When it’s a GO… We offer Radical Hospitality

The Warming Shelter requires over 30 Volunteers filling several different roles throughout the shelter’s hours.

  1. Set up Team starts at 4pm the night the shelter opens and it takes 2 hours to ready the space for our guests. Help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere by setting up cots, making beds, creating the food/ snack station and receiving on-site donations.
  2. Our hot Evening Meal is served at 6:30pm. Help by preparing food at home or purchasing delivered food from a local restaurant for our guests to enjoy. Hot food should be delivered to 1403 Market Street by 6:15pm. Stay through dinner inviting guests to help themselves to hot meals and ensure their needs are fulfilled.
  3. Desert Team – provides Yummy desert to be served after dinner! We love ice cream!!!
  4. Abundant Snacks! We invite our guests to eat as much as they like. Provide, purchase or prepare yummy snacks for our guests. Drop snacks off anytime at 3403 Winston Blvd. (Hope Recovery UMC) and leave in brown bin at main door OR drop off at The Warming Shelter any day it is open after 5pm.
  5. Evening Shelter Hosts arrive at 5:20pm to check-in guests, eat dinner with our community, converse and spend time with shelter guests by engaging in friendly and warm conversation. Games and Art supplies are available.
  6. Pizza Team – treats guest to Domino’s pizza by ordering pizza for delivery at 8:30pm as a special treat (1x per shelter).
  7. 3rd Shift / Overnight Hosts arrive at 9:30pm with a sleeping bag in preparation to stay overnight at the shelter to accommodate guest needs and help to keep the space safe and sound. They are relieved at 5:30am.
  8. AM Coffee Makers arrive at 5:30am to relieve overnight hosts and prepare the coffee as guests wake up.
  9. Breakfast is served at 7am sharp. Early risers prepare or purchase a hot breakfast for our guests who will be exiting the space during the day.
  10. Clean Up – Each morning we clean and sanitize the shelter space from 7:30am to 9:30am. The shelter kitchen and bathroom need to be cleaned daily on each day the shelter operates.
  11. Break down Team. When the shelter ends, we clean and sanitize the facility, break down cots and take inventory of needed supplies. Breakdown is from 7:30am to 11:30am on the day the shelter ends.
  12. Laundry Team – launders blankets at off-site commercial laundry mat in preparation for the next shelter.
  13. Trash Team – helps us dispose of trash and recyclables.

The Shelter Costs approximately $300 a night to Operate

The Shelter has an Ongoing List of Needs

Because of the last-minute “pop-up” nature of the shelter, we have an ongoing list of needs. Items can be dropped off at 3403 Winston Blvd. (Hope Recovery Faith Community UMC), Wilmington, NC and left in the brown bin at the main entrance to the church.

  1. Snacks – Store-bought, individually wrapped, non-perishable
  2. Bottled Water and Soda
  3. NEW – Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Throws
  4. NEW Men’s & Women’s Underwear (all sizes)
  5. NEW Socks

No Judgement – beds for the unsheltered NO QUESTIONS ASKED

We respect the many reasons why people can’t or won’t stay in local emergency homeless shelters: trauma, anxiety in group living situations, fear of harm, mental or physical health conditions, criminal records, pet owners who won’t abandon their animals.

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Works of mercy through Radical Hospitality

We care for the immediate needs of those who are in need by providing warm cots, blankets, hot meals and all-night snacks to our guests. As hosts of The Warming Shelter, we offer a non-judgement zone of safety to cultivate an environment of relaxation and peace. Our motive is simply to provide warmth and welcome.

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Community-wide effort

The Warming Shelter is organized by local Wilmington congregations of The United Methodist Church in partnership with neighboring churches, homeless-services agencies, local non-profits and community partners.

The Warming Shelter – How to Help!

We meet Works of Mercy with Works of Justice

Addressing issues which cause homelessness is part of our ongoing work. Get involved with our local Homeless Continuum of Care, which works to ends homelessness locally