West Ventura County Regional Winter Warming Shelter Open and Asking for Volunteers

As you are probably aware, the West Ventura County Regional Winter Warming Shelter will open its doors to provide a safe place to sleep and a hot meal for homeless persons. The WWS, jointly funded by the City of Oxnard, the City of Ventura, and the County of Ventura, is at the Oxnard National Guard Armory, 351 South K Street, each night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

At this very moment, staff from the cities, the county, the operator, and many non-profit agencies are in the last stages of setting up the Armory to receive the first homeless clients, who are lining up outside.

To make the shelter a success — and to keep it open the entire winter — we need not only monetary donations, but also people willing to volunteer for work shifts at the shelter. You can volunteer for an evening shift (5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) or morning (4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.). Anyone wishing to volunteer must attend a volunteer training session, where the shelter operator and our staff will go over review procedures, requirements, and protocols. Please note that the Ventura County Public Health is on site this week to provide TB tests (a negative test is required for clearance to work in the shelter).

The first volunteer training will take place next Monday, December 12, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Mission Church in Ventura, 2875 Elba Street (site of the old Century Theater complex, off the Johnson Drive exit of the 101). We will announce dates and times of future training sessions when those have been determined.



Event: Training for Volunteers who wish to work at the Winter Warming Shelter for the Homeless
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


For those who would like to contribute monetarily, please send your donation to the non-profit organization that is acting as the shelter’s fiscal agent, the Downtown Ventura Organization (downtownvetura.org; 805-641-1090).

Please consider donating and volunteering yourself, and help us spread the word to as many people as possible. Thank you very much.


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William "Bill" Hicks

Many Churches in Thousand Oaks take turns hosting winter shelters.