PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program

PORT 2018-19 Schedule

PORT Annual Report 18-19

PORT Check-In Training Video

Emergency Shelters Are Serving an Increasingly Vulnerable Population Article

 

PORT Shelter Guest FAQS:

Q: Do I need to register before coming to stay at PORT?

A: No, there is no list to get added on or need to register before PORT. You just need to arrive at the site and check-in/go through intake.

Q:Do I need ID to come in?

A: No, you do not need ID to stay at PORT.

 

 

Pick-Up Points:

Evening
Starting at approximately 4:30pm there will be 3 Pick-Ups:

Four Oaks Day Services Center, Warwick Blvd
Old Farmer’s Market- Jefferson Ave and 25th St.
Full Gospel Church on 33rd St.

Morning
Transportation will begin at 5:00am
Drop-Offs:
Old Farmer’s Market- Jefferson Ave and 25th St.
Full Gospel Church on 33rd St.

PORT (People Offering Resources Together) is an emergency winter shelter that hosts an average of up to 106 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 their facilities, volunteers, food, hygiene items, showers, clothes and many other resources to homeless men, women and children in the 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 8,500 volunteers who 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 intake, information, job referrals, notary services, and more. The purpose of services provided in the shelter is to meet the holistic needs of each guest who engages in services on either an emergency, short, or long term basis. Other services provided at PORT include: community referrals, nightly assistance with oversight of legal and community assistance programs, very basic 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 referrals, AA, N.A, daytime life skills training opportunities, 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/HRCAP, St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, WalMart, Lens crafters Veterans Administration Peninsula Workforce Development LINK’s CANLINK Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Household & Furniture, Transportation and Hampton’s Homeless Intervention Prevention Program, Hampton University Students, Christopher Newport University Students, Thomas Nelson Community College Students, Denbigh Lions Club, Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, Local Depts of Human Services