Since 1990, Episcopal Community Services, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and the San Francisco Human Services Agency have partnered to operate the Interfaith Winter Shelter. Designed to augment existing shelter opportunities during the coldest months of the year, the Interfaith Winter Shelter provides breakfast, dinner, and a safe and warm overnight rest for up to 100 homeless men each night. Led by SFIC's Past Chair Rita Semel and ECS's Director of Shelters Kathy Treggiari, the Interfaith Winter Shelter is hosted by four congregations--St. Boniface Parish, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Mary's Cathedral, and First Unitarian Universalist Church--and draws on the generous commitment of congregations throughout San Francisco, which lend their time, talent and financial resources to ensure the success of the effort.


The Winter Shelter Program's reservation procedure is based on a ticket system. Priority is given to those guests seeking a shelter bed for a weekly period. Here are the steps to the process:

  1. Regular hours of operation at all participating churches are:
    • Interfaith Winter Shelter: from 6:30pm until 7:00am, except St. Boniface.
    • St. Boniface hours of operation are from 6:00pm-6:30am.

  2. Tickets are distributed each Sunday at the opening time for the site:
    • Sunday at 6:30pm, except St. Boniface.
    • St. Boniface site, Sunday at 6:00pm.

  3. Tickets distributed on Sunday may be used for 7 days, from Sunday through the following Saturday. Initial ticket distribution for this season will begin Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6:00pm at St. Boniface Church (133 Golden Gate Ave.)

  4. A person without a ticket may stay at the shelter on a one-night basis if other ticket holders do not arrive by curfew. Curfew is 15 minutes after the opening time.

  5. Intake begins each day at the times listed in #2 above. Tickets holders have until 15 minutes after that to present their ticket for entrance into the shelter. Shelter users may not arrive at the shelter site more than 30 minutes before opening.
    • 5:30 PM for St. Boniface. 6:00 PM for other sites.

  6. After curfew, any remaining beds will be available for one night use on a first come, first serve basis.

  7. Interfaith Winter Shelter slots are not reserved through CHANGES. For information on vacancies during the week for one night only, call:Dennis McCray at 415-487-3300 x 4101

  8. All persons upon entering the shelter must provide their name, signature, last four digits of social security number, date of birth, ethnicity, and military status on the daily sign-in sheet. This is needed as part of each day’s shelter entry.

  9. Violence, alcohol, drugs and smoking inside the building are prohibited and may result in a guest being asked to leave the facility.

  10. Guests are not allowed to store any of their belongings at the facility. Any property left at the shelter will be discarded the following morning.
    • There is no storage at the shelter, even for those with a one-week ticket.
    • Clothes and shoes may be stored at the Homeless Storage Facility located at: 350 Jones Street, 415-921-1978

Click here for the Interfaith Winter Shelter website and calendar.