PORT WINTER SHELTER

PORT (People Offering Resources Together) – is an emergency winter shelter with the intent to house the homeless on the coldest nights of the year, ensuring no one dies on the streets. PORT hosts an average of 64 individuals per night, for 20 weeks during the winter. In 2021/2022 PORT housed up to 94 per night. 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 Creates 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.

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. 

PORT Includes – 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.

 

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.

Q: I have ______ can I still stay at PORT?

A:  PORT accepts ALL people who cannot find shelter for the night.

Q: What time should I arrive at the PORT shelter?
A: Guests should arrive at 6:30pm for intake

Q: What dates does the PORT shelter run?

A: The PORT Winter shelter starts November 3rd and runs until March 23rd.

The PORT Winter Shelter has closed for the season.

PORT re-opens November 3rd, 2022

Please visit this page closer to the date for locations.

Want to donate to help support our 2022 season of PORT?

Visit us here to donate:  Give Local 757! 

Now that our season has come to an end, read our Annual PORT report below:

Click the icon to download a PDF of our Annual PORT Report - 2021 - 2022 

Click the icon to download a PDF last years Annual PORT Report - 2020 - 2021 

Click the icon to download a PDF of the GVPHC COVID Relief Report

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 Hospital

  • Sentara Hospital

  • Riverside Hospital

  • 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

  • Hampton’s Homeless Intervention Prevention Program

  • Hampton University Students

  • Christopher Newport University

  • Thomas Nelson Community College

  • Denbigh Lions Club

  • Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board

  • Local Depts. of Human Services

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Huge congratulations to, Travis! He just completed work at LINK for the PORT program and subsequently earned his merit badge!
Thank you, Travis and Congratulations!