Hotel de Zink
Each year during March, our church hosts Hotel de Zink, a 15-bed emergency shelter program that alternates locations through congregations in Palo Alto and surrounding neighborhoods. The shelter is hosted at a different church each month where volunteers prepare and drop off home-cooked meals or take out from a local eatery for homeless adults who would otherwise be forced to sleep in cars or on the streets.
Due to COVID-19, this year we are asking for monetary donations to purchase breakfast, lunch and other items (instead of having volunteers sign up for this). As in previous years, we are looking for volunteers to drop off evening dinners (warm and ready to serve; homemade or take out/delivery) between 6-6:30pm for our guests. There will be a table outside the kitchen door (near the back parking lot) where you can leave or have a meal delivered. Meals should serve 10-12 people.
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Hotel de Zink is a unique and effective collaboration between LifeMoves, faith-based communities, and local volunteers. The shelter program was established in 1989 by Urban Ministries of Palo Alto, which merged with InnVision in 2002 and continued the agency’s legacy of serving homeless and low-income individuals in the Mid-Peninsula.
Clients may stay at Hotel de Zink for up to 90 days, which provides them with stability, safety, and a team of experienced staff working to help them become self-sufficient. Clients are expected to meet weekly with their case manager to work on individually-tailored goals, such as employment, housing, education, and mental health.