Street Outreach Shelter
520 E. First St., Port Angeles
Open nightly from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Entrance in alley – look for sign
The S.O.S.offers homeless people 18 and older a warm, safe, quiet place to sleep. An evening snack, light breakfast and sack lunch are provided, depending upon community donations.
The S.O.S. moved April 4, 2008, to this convenient, central location on the north side of First Street, between Vine St. and Albert St. (Across from the Tempest Building -535 E. First- home of the Port Angeles Housing Resource Center and the Dream Center.)
The S.O.S. cannot accommodate minors, pets or registered sex offenders.
How you can help:
- Volunteer! email your contact information and interest to email@example.com, or call Rayna Abrahams, 9am-4 pm, at the Port Angeles Housing Resource Center - (360) 504-1946
- Provide financial support
- Donate nutritious snacks
- Donate Clallam Transit bus passes to help clients get to work or appointments.
Volunteer Night Monitors:
Caring adults in the community make the Street Outreach Shelter possible by volunteering as overnight monitors.
Additional volunteers—two per night—are always needed.
Nightly teams may consist of two men or one man and one woman. You need not provide your own partner—volunteer and you’ll be matched with another individual.
Serenity House’s shelter aide greets each evening’s volunteers at 8:30 p.m., orients them to shelter operations and helps prepare for the 9 p.m. opening.
Guests check in, set up their sleeping mat, and have cocoa and/or soup.
Lights are out at 9:45 p.m.
The shelter aide stays until after everyone is settled in.
Volunteers have a comfortable place to quietly watch TV, read, enjoy hobbies or even take turns napping. There always needs to be someone awake and aware of guests who may arrive later in the evening. Emergency contact numbers and a shelter cell phone are provided.
The shelter aide returns around 5:30 a.m. to help with morning duties and guest sign outs. Volunteers usually finish their shift by 6:45 a.m.
People may volunteer on a one-time basis, or commit to a regular schedule of once a quarter, once a month or once a week—whatever one’s schedule allows.
To volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rayna at the Port Angeles Housing Resource Center (360) 504-1946.
Help Keep It Open:
The S.O.S. relies on community support. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any Serenity House office, or mailed to Serenity House, P.O. Box 4047, Port Angeles, WA 98363.
Not a feeding program:
The S.O.S. is a sleeping shelter with minimal hot drinks, soup and breakfast items, depending on community donations.
Serenity House would be willing to discuss an arrangement that would allow the Dream Center drop-in cafe across the street to be used to provide a hot breakfast or other meals for folks using the shelter, if a volunteer group or church were interested in providing more substantial meals. A volunteer organization would need to be set up to manage this, independent of Serenity House.