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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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  • Karen K.

    Daughter was involved in car accident-she's ok, but I want to be with her. I'm so sorry

    July 23, 2013

  • Yoselin

    Hi mokua. I just got a confirmation for the shelter today. Unfortunately I don't feel good today. I think in getting sick so I don't think is a good idea to show up there. Sorry. Pls hit me up for next week shifts. Thank u :)

    July 23, 2013

  • Harry N.

    Just got off the WL but I have a schedule conflict now:(. Next time.

    July 23, 2013

  • Makua R.

    Hey Volunteers, I'm excited to be working with all of you at the event - it's always a fun one. I ask that everybody take some time and double-check your schedules and make sure of your availability; there are many people on the waiting list, just want to make sure everyone gets the chance to participate. So, other than that, I hope to see everyone make it.
    If you have questions, feel free to ask! Mahalo,


    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to get there until 6:30, if that works.

    July 16, 2013

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