Shelter

You are needed!

Since 2009, First Covenant has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide shelter to 50 men and women experiencing homelessness. From November 1 through the end of April, our homeless shelter in Fellowship Hall is open 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., 7 nights a week. The Salvation Army provides the staff, assigns the guests, and shares the cost of operations. First Covenant provides the space and volunteer coordination to provide and serve a hot meal nightly. We seek volunteers to provide these critical needs every day. There are three main ways to volunteer your time and resources:

  • Provide a meal - (3+) volunteers (most critical need)
    Time frame: Approximately 5:30-8:30 p.m.; dinner served at 6:30
    Responsibilities: Purchase ingredients, prepare a meal for 50 guests and clean the kitchen. If you would like ideas for a menu, contact the Volunteer Coordinator. We're happy to offer ideas.
  • Assist in the shelter as an evening advocate - (1+) volunteer
    Time frame: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (a Salvation Army staff member will also be onsite).
    Responsibilities: Assist staff with general duties such as monitoring restrooms, distributing linens and hygiene items, etc. The objective is to free up the Salvation Army staff to deal with housing issues, rosters, paperwork, information and referral, and advocacy.
  • Occasional donation drives for winter items such as socks, gloves, hats, etc...

Special giving opportunity:  We are currently raising money to renovate Fellowship Hall where the shelter is hosted.  Renovations will begin at the end of June.  If you would like to donate to this cause, please send in cash or checks to First Covenant Church at 810 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or click here to donate online (designate funds to "Shelter").  Thank you for your support in helping to provide dignified and safe space for those experiencing homelessness in our community.  

Send an email to shelter@1stcov.org to schedule a time to serve in the shelter!