Host Shelter

CARITAS is Richmond’s largest emergency shelter, sheltering up to 110 people per night, and over 1,000 people annually. We provide more than 90% of the shelter beds available to single women. The hard work of thousands volunteers creates a safe and hospitable place for our most vulnerable citizens. As we transition to the CARITAS Center, we still need help housing women.

If you would like to sign up to host a shelter, click the button below. If you are interested in learning more about the host responsibilities please, contact the Director of Shelter Operations to receive a copy of the volunteer manual.

Sign up to host a shelter

Open Shelter Weeks

For questions, please contact Jenn Patterson, Women’s Emergency Shelter Case Manager (804) 887-1598.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

You make the difference! Our volunteers serve 12,000+ hours a year. For every hour they contribute, we can turn it into $3.60 of service to our residents and the community at large. Flexible and meaningful opportunities are available. Individual volunteers assist during all hours of operation.

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