Winter Nights Family Shelter

is still in operation, and is an essential service to the families they serve. outlines how to contribute. Congregations are still hosting and providing breakfast and lunch, but dinners are being catered in to decrease contact with volunteers.  Below is a letter from the Winter Nights Executive Team:

How Winter Nights is coping with the shelter in place order

The new shelter in place rules have turned the Winter Nights volunteer-powered model on its head and has created many unique challenges. 

However, closing is not an option and Winter Nights will continue to support families until they find stable housing solutions.

6 feet apart, but closer than ever!

Dealing with school closures and shelter in place, in what is essentially a communal living environment, is a team effort. It has brought the executive team, staff, congregations, donors and families closer than ever before. Staff at Winter Nights are doing extra duty because of the absence of volunteers, congregations have offered their sites as a shelter in place location and instead of preparing food they are ordering in from local restaurants. Travelling Tutors are setting up video conferencing to motivate and support students with online learning and our Program Director is staying in constant touch with health and housing agencies, providing guidance to staff and families under stress. 

We want to take this time to thank all of our congregations for the vital support you have always given to our families. These are difficult times but we will get through them together. 

Stay healthy, and take care of yourselves, and each other.

We are so grateful to all of you.


Monument Crisis Center

as of now is handing out food on Mondays and Thursdays. Check their website at for more information about daily updates and needs.


Solano/Contra Costa Food Bank

remains open as an essential service. for more information on how to donate and help right now. 


The county is looking for volunteer drivers

willing to pick up food at local agencies and deliver it to the front desk of the hotels where formerly homeless are living.  No contact with the families is expected, just picking up and delivering food to the hotels where they are staying.  Contact Rev. Will McGarvey of ICCCC at for more information. 


The Share food pantry in Concord

serves all of Contra Costa County (at First Christian Church, 3039 Willow Pass Rd., Concord)

We buy most of our non-perishable food from the food bank, but in addition we receive some food items from Safeway and Trader Joe’s. Safeway gives us bread and dessert items from their bakery and Trader Joe’s gives us salads and meat. Since the stores have been selling out of bread and meat, we have not been receiving the donations that we usually do. At the present time, we have no meat to give out to people. If you would like to donate money to Share the address is Share, PO Box 399, Concord CA 94522. Food items can be brought directly to the pantry which is located at 3039 Willow Pass Road in Concord which is the property of first Christian Church. We are open Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Friday from 10 until 1:40. All the people who work at Share are volunteers so $.99 out of every dollar goes to buy food.

We can use staples such as tuna, mac and cheese and peanut butter. People also bring us fruit from their gardens. We desperately need food for homeless people—pop top cans of soups and spaghetti, etc as well as Top Ramen.

We expect demand for food will increase as many people will not be getting their usual pay checks.

If you have questions, call Share at 925-827-4273 during their regular hours or contact Jan Carpoff 925-286-8022.


The Food Room at Hillcrest UCC in Pleasant Hill

Hillcrest Food Room open Friday, March 27th from 9 am to 12 noon.
Clothing room is closed. 404 Gregory Lane (Education Wing), Pleasant Hill. 


County North Concord Shelter

Need men’s wallets, belts and eyeglasses of any kind. Congregations can provide food in the form of catered individually packaged servings or pizza delivery. More information available from Diane Maltester at 925.765.4638 or She would be willing to pick up donations, by arrangement.


A letter from Shelter Inc.

Dear Valued Supporters,

We are deeply grateful for your dedication to our most vulnerable neighbors, those who are homeless or formerly homeless, seeking our help. SHELTER, Inc. is working to keep participants, visitors, volunteers, and staff safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). SHELTER, Inc. is an essential component of the human services safety net in the Bay Area. We are often the first and last line of defense for vulnerable members of our community, even saving their lives. 

SHELTER, Inc. is considered an essential service, and our shelters in Contra Costa (Mountain View Family Shelter), Solano (SHELTER Solano), and Sacramento (River District Shelter) counties will remain open.

SHELTER, Inc. has been taking appropriate precautions since before the first announcements of COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area and is following the guidance of federal, state, and local health officials, including:

  • SHELTER, Inc.’s multiple sites are closed to the public and all in-person meetings have been suspended and converted to virtual meetings where possible. These meetings are by appointment only.
  • In all locations we have established procedures for cleaning and maintaining work-spaces and common areas to combat the virus.
  • We have implemented active monitoring for participants in our shelters to check for fever, respiratory issues, and signs of any illness.
  • Each of our shelters have identified isolation areas for anyone who contracts any illness.
  • Posted signs throughout our facilities, encouraging hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.
  • We are enforcing “extreme social distancing” for all staff and participants.

SHELTER, Inc. is fulfilling its mission by continuing to serve those most vulnerable who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our communities. But we can’t do it alone. Please consider funding a meal at the shelters, as volunteer groups are unable to cook at this time. Or, give to our prevention services, which could underwrite a family hit hard by this pandemic.

Thank you for keeping your hearts open at this time when social distancing minimizes the spread of the virus but also creates social isolation and anxiety in vulnerable people.

Most sincerely,

John Eckstrom
Chief Executive Officer


John Muir Health

Community Donations

We greatly appreciate the many offers to drop-off supplies, equipment and other items from our community. Your donations, combined with our existing supplies, will help to keep our patients, physicians, nurses and clinical and support staff safe.

What We Accept

To be accepted, donations must be in the original packaging and meet our infection control standards. At this time, we are accepting homemade masks, but no other homemade supplies or food.

Priority Supplies to Donate

  • Masks (N95, Surgical or Isolation)
  • Gowns (Isolation or Surgical)
  • Face Shields
  • Goggles (Non-vented)
  • Eye Shields
  • Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox or Sani-cloth)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • CAPR/PAPR Machines and Disposables

How to Donate:
To connect with us directly if you have questions about your donation or to arrange for the pick-up of a large donation, please send an email to

If you would like to drop-off a donation in person, please deliver it to:
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
175 La Casa Via
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Supplies donated at this location will be used for both of our medical centers (Concord and Walnut Creek) and in our outpatient facilities.Thank You!Thank you for your support as we work together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to wash your hands and stay healthy!


(formerly CCIH)


For over 20 years, Hope Solutions has worked tirelessly to heal the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital services to our most vulnerable neighbors. We have helped people find hope and resilience in their darkest times. And now, we are being asked to do even more to support folks hit hardest by the current health crisis.

The families and individuals we serve are already feeling the effects of our state and local response to the pandemic. As employers respond with lay-offs, major grocers scurry to keep up with demand, and schools serving hot meals have closed, the health crisis has quickly become an economic and childcare crisis for our clients.  

When you make a gift to Hope Solutions’ Emergency Fund, you will enable our front-line staff to provide families, medically-fragile residents, and seniors the resources they most need right now.

In the first week of the crisis, our team has:

•    Purchased and delivered groceries to fragile residents all over the county who must shelter in place
•    Secured hotel rooms for symptomatic homeless clients who needed a safe place to quarantine
•    Developed robust on-line work plans for children sheltering with families in modest apartments
•    Spent hundreds of hours counseling and supporting residents who are feeling isolated or overwhelmed, helping them create safety plans for themselves during this crisis

It is in facing life’s great challenges that we find our true character. I take great comfort in knowing that just as we have our clients’ backs, you have ours. Your donation to the Hope Solutions Emergency Fund will enable us to navigate these uncharted waters and find new ways to care for one another.

Carrie Veurink
Development and Outreach Manager
Formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

399 Taylor Boulevard, Suite 115
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Direct line: 925.542.5068
Fax: 925.944.2248


Jewish Family & Community Services – East Bay

Dear Friend,

JFCS East Bay’s offices are closed, but the agency is open, still serving and responding to our East Bay neighbors in need. In this time of crisis, people are turning to us more and more. Here’s what JFCS East Bay is providing as we navigate this new reality of serving people via phone and video chat:

  • Meal, grocery, and supply deliveries to seniors and Holocaust survivors.
  • Emergency financial assistance focused on housing and food security for refugees, immigrants, and low-income families, many of whom have lost jobs and may be ineligible for government assistance.
  • Crisis counseling and case management for seniors and Holocaust survivors.
  • Ongoing therapy for young children already exposed to trauma, who are now dealing with another significant challenge in their lives.
  • Immigration legal services for vulnerable, low-income immigrants.
  • Parenting support for families suddenly juggling school, work, and home duties. 
  • Volunteer matching for isolated seniors and Holocaust survivors to receive friendly calls a few times a week.

Everyone is being impacted by this crisis, and for some it will be devastating. Here are just two examples of how JFCS East Bay has responded in recent days:

  • Eleanor is sixty years old and lives with MS. Because of her risk factors, she cannot leave her apartment to go grocery shopping or attend her rehab appointments. We have now arranged for a caregiver to give some hands-on assistance in the house and our social workers are providing mental health support over the phone. We have also matched her with a volunteer for friendly phone calls and will soon be delivering some groceries to her door.
  • The Ali family–parents and five children–recently arrived as refugees from Afghanistan. The dad was just beginning his job search. Now with everything shut down, there are no employment prospects and the family is struggling to put food on the table. Our case managers are providing remote support, and a volunteer just delivered a full load of groceries.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCEWe are here to help. You can still reach us at our regular office numbers: (510) 704-7475 in Alameda County and (925) 927-2000 in Contra Costa County. During working hours, calls are being forwarded to our office managers and will be answered. If you call after hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able. You can also fill out our Request for Information Form to receive a call or email back.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESWe are so inspired by all the people who have stepped forward to volunteer in the midst of this crisis. Current volunteer opportunities include:

  • Friendly Caller: we’ll match you with an isolated senior or Holocaust survivor so you can call and check in on them every few days.
  • Grocery Shopper: we’ll send you a grocery list and ask you to shop and deliver food to client homes. We are currently delivering to seniors and Holocaust survivors, as well as refugees, immigrants, and low-income families impacted by job loss.

To volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we’ll get back to you as possible.


Donations are urgently needed so that we can continue to respond to our community’s essential needs. Please join us today to insure JFCS East Bay will be here for our community throughout this crisis–and for all the better days ahead. DONATE


Donating Protective Equipment and Medical Supplies for Healthcare ProvidersWe need your help!

Every day I am heartened to see so many residents step up and volunteer to help their neighbors and donate needed supplies. We are a strong community!
Here’s your chance to help out. Contra Costa County has just announced the opening of three donation sites throughout the county where you can drop off badly needed protective equipment and medical supplies for our hard-working healthcare providers. 
These supplies keep our front line healthcare workers safe and healthy so they can care for others and save lives. 
Businesses and residents are encouraged to donate only the following types of protective medical supplies (If possible, only one person should make the donation, to minimize the numbers of people going out in public): 

*        Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields 
*        Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol or bleach based               (unopened). NO baby wipes. 
*        N-95 and surgical masks (in unopened containers/boxes) 
*        Medical gowns: Disposable gowns, as well as cloth surgical and                 hospital gowns in good condition 
Donation centers will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at: 

*        West County: 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules 
*        Central County: 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill 
*        East County: 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch 
Special thanks to Facebook, which has donated 350,000 medical gloves that will be distributed throughout Contra Costa County. 

Please call the Contra Costa Health Services call center at 844-729-8410 with questions.
Click here for Contra Costa Health Department’s latest news on COVID-19and here for Contra Costa County’s ongoing efforts to protect public health
Thank you. Be well, help others, and let’s continue to make our County a model for how to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home except for essential activities. That’s how we beat this virus!

Be sure you are healthy before going out to volunteer. Check in with your health care provider if you need to.

Pdf version of the California Volunteers flyer above: