Shoreline Emergency Severe Weather Shelter seeking volunteers

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Photo by Dan Short

Shoreline Emergency Severe Weather Shelter at St. Dunstan's

For the second winter season, the City of Shoreline is working in partnership with the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) to operate an emergency severe weather shelter.

As the former site of the shelter is unavailable, St. Dunstan’s Church has offered space to house this important program at their parish, located at 722 N 145th Street, Shoreline. 

NUHSA is recruiting and training the volunteers and providing needed shelter supplies. The City managed the permitting process and is assisting with volunteer recruitment and training as needed.

The shelter officially “opened” on November 1. The threshold for activation will be a prediction of four-plus hours of temperatures at or below 33 degrees overnight or snow accumulation or expected accumulation of 2 or more inches. 

When activated, the shelter will be open from 8:30pm to 7:30am. 

A recorded Severe Weather Shelter hotline has been established at 206-801-2797, which will be updated when activated.

Volunteers Needed

To make the shelter successful, we need volunteers to help staff it during activation. Committed and compassionate volunteers must be over 18 years old and commit to being on-call for a certain number of nights each month between now and March 30.

Volunteers will be provided with training and then will be responsible for welcoming guests and supervising the shelter overnight (partial shifts can be arranged). Volunteers will be paired with another person during shelter activation.

If you would like to volunteer, email or call 206-550-5626. For more information about the emergency severe weather shelter, contact Community Services Manager Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn at or 206-801-2251.

Other nearby winter shelters  

In addition to this emergency severe weather shelter, there are a few overnight winter shelters that operate at different times over the winter in Shoreline and the surrounding area. These shelters open at 7:30pm each night they are in operation.


October 13 – November 29
Lake City Presbyterian Church
3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle 

November 30 – date to be determined
Seattle Mennonite Church, 
3120 NE 125th Street, Seattle, 

For information on space availability
call 425-677-9370. 


Mary’s Place operates shelters year-round for families with children. 
Contact them at 206-245-1026. 


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