PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program
PORT (People Offering Resources Together) is an emergency winter shelter that hosts an average of 100 individuals per night, for 20 weeks during the winter. The name of this program really explains it all: it’s a safe harbor, made possible by a network of 130 interfaith (Christian and non-Christian) groups that provide the facilities, volunteers, food, clothes and many other resources to homeless men, women and children in our area. The shelter moves to a different church every week, and each night, there’s a new group of volunteers responsible for welcoming the guests and providing at least 2 meals (dinner and breakfast) per day. Each season, PORT counts with over 5,000 volunteers that get involved in planning, cooking, or distributing clothes and hygiene donations. PORT also create jobs: while most of the manpower needed for the shelter is volunteer-based, there’s a need for paid positions as well, such as: sheriff deputy to provide security in the shelter; intake and social workers to provide guests with information, job referrals, notary services, and more. The purpose of services provided in the shelter is to meet the holistic needs of the guest: emergency, short, and long term. Other services provided at PORT include: community referrals, case management, collection of homeless data, medical referrals, on-site medical evaluations and dental care, showers, provision of transportation, flu/pneumonia shots, information for affordable housing, job placement and job referrals, identification services, filing taxes, nutrition education, AA, N.A, life skills training, and more.
LINK would like to thank all participating community partners for their help in the PORT program:
|Newport News Sheriff’s Department Newport News Department of Human Services Newport News Fire and Rescue Squads Newport News Police Department United Way First Call for Help Transitions Family Violence Shelter Hampton Department of Human Services Vibrant Life Ministries Hampton/Newport News Salvation Army Mary Immaculate, Sentara and Riverside Hospitals Lackey HELP Free Clinic Peninsula Institute for Community Health Healthcare for the Homeless Peninsula Agency on Aging Catholic Charities Jewish Family Services Newport News AA/NA groups||The Newport News Public Health Department Office of Human Affairs Julius Conn Gym Shower Program St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church Wal-Mart Lens crafters Veterans Administration Peninsula Workforce Development LINK’s CANLINK Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Workforce Center, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Household & Furniture, Transportation and Homeless Intervention Prevention Program Hampton’s Homeless Intervention Prevention Program Hampton University Students Christopher Newport University Students Denbigh Lions Club Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board|