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Arvada Severe Weather Shelter

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What is a Severe Weather Shelter?

A severe weather shelter is a temporary housing facility operated on the coldest nights of the year to provide shelter for homeless individuals. In Arvada, we will have three severe weather shelters hosted by local churches. Please help provide a safe and warm place for individuals experiencing homelessness when severe weather strikes.

How You Can Help


Volunteers for Arvada's severe weather shelters are needed! A variety of opportunities are available including:

  • Overnight Host - 1 night per month 
  • Evening Host - 1 evening per month 
  • Food Volunteer - 1 meal per month 
  • Laundry Volunteer - once per month 
  • Phone Intake Volunteer - 3 hours per month
  • Administrative Volunteer - 3 hours per month
  • Van Driver - 2 hours per month

 Apply to Volunteer


Other volunteer positions are available. For a description, download the SWSN Volunteer Information (PDF).  For more information contact Tracy Thayer at 720-515-9313 or

Donate Financially

Support the SWS Network financially to help provide a warm, safe place for homeless individuals during the severe weather season when they have no other shelter.

How Can Someone Register to Stay at the Shelter During Severe Weather

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, individuals can register in advance to be included on the severe weather shelter list at the Arvada Community Food Bank at 8555 W 57th Ave, Arvada or the Rising Church (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) at 7500 W 57th Ave, Arvada.

What is the Severe Weather Shelter Network?

The Severe Weather Shelter Network​ partners with other organizations and faith communities to so that cities are equipped to provide shelter and other amenities on life threatening winter nights for individuals living on their streets. 

More information

For more information on Homelessness in Arvada, visit


For more information on the Sever Weather Shelter Network, visit the  Severe Weather Shelter Network website.


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