Since 1988, Episcopal Community Services (ECS), the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC), and the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) have partnered to operate the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter. Designed to augment existing shelter opportunities during the coldest and wettest months of the year (Sunday before Thanksgiving through the end of February), the Interfaith Winter Shelter provides breakfast, dinner, and a safe and warm overnight rest for up to 100 homeless men each night.
The Winter Shelter is hosted by various congregations and by ECS. SFIC member congregations and organizations provide meals and conversation to the guests. ECS Problem Solvers provide critical opportunities for shelter guests to launch their individual pathways to stable housing.