Serve Dinner at the Sanctuary Shelter - 5 Volunteers


Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco's Sanctuary Shelter provides safe, 24-hour access to shelter for unhoused adults in San Francisco. The shelter is home to 205 homeless adults every night. Residents receive two meals daily. They can also access case management and mental health services through ECS’s San Francisco Shelter Treatment Access and Resources Team.


The food is prepared by staff cooks but we will help serve the meal. The dinner shift is from 6 - 8 pm beginning with a short orientation and continues with plating food and clean-up. There’s lots of room for interaction and connection with shelter residents as they receive their dinner meal. Some of the older clients and those with disabilities need extra assistance from volunteers to bring their meal directly to their table.

You may want to have a light snack beforehand. After the event we will head out and get some food and drinks of our own. We will surely be hungry by then!


It is extremely important to maintain a high standard of cleanliness when we handle the food.

All volunteers must be 15 years or older. If you are between the ages 15 and 17, then you must have adult supervision.

  • Dress appropriately in close-toed shoes, shirts with sleeves (no tank tops), pants that cover the full leg, and that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Suit up! Take an apron, hairnet, and gloves.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water and replace your gloves every time you use the restroom, shake someone’s hand, eat lunch, or switch from food preparation to cleaning.
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, STAY HOME!


How to get to Sanctuary Shelter

The shelter is on the corner of 8th and Howard. It's best to take public transit to the Civic Center Station and walk two blocks on 8th. Street parking is free after 6 pm.

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  • Yoselin

    It was awesome :)

    July 10, 2013

  • Makua R.

    Just in case it is your first time: I'll be at the venue 30 mins before 6 PM and I'll wait in the front until 6:10 PM. If we happen to miss eachother, all you have to do is let the staff know that you're a volunteer and they'll be happy to guide you straight to kitchen. Thanks!

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Yoselin

      Thank u very much :)

      July 9, 2013

  • Yoselin

    Hello. Hope to see u all tomorrow. A quick question: can I bring my bike? Thanks

    July 9, 2013

    • Makua R.

      This venue does happen to have a fenced garden behind the kitchen we'll be working in- I don't see why not?

      1 · July 9, 2013

    • Yoselin

      Thanks :) see u at 6:)

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Makua R.

    Hey Group, I'm really excited to be working with all of you. I apologize for the short notice on the meetup, I hope you're all able to make it out-it's going to be heaps of fun. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    July 8, 2013

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