Weaver House

Weaver House

After dinner, guests at the men's Weaver Extension shelter at West Market Street UMC have time for reading and working a crossword puzzle.

After dinner, guests at the men’s Weaver Extension shelter at West Market Street UMC have time for reading and working a crossword puzzle.

Weaver House offers year-round nightly shelter for 86 men and 14 women. From December 1 to March 31, Weaver House works with congregational partners to offer additional winter shelter in Weaver Extension (WE) sites.

In 2015, Weaver House provided shelter for 1,125 men and women. The Weaver Extension (WE) sites sheltered 187 men and women. The shelter last year also created an overflow space for 15 women that became a dedicated WE site for women for this winter.

“I couldn’t believe some of the places I slept. I’ve been one of the lucky ones to make it past that.”

– Shawn, former Weaver House client, who is now working full-time

in the food service industry

When the Board of Directors voted last year to add resources so that every guest would have an opportunity for personal case management, it allowed Weaver House to change with the times, too. Now guests develop timelines, which they review monthly with their case manager and shelter managers.

“When you walk into the lobby at Weaver House,“ says Michael Pearson, who became Weaver House director last year, “people need to feel the sense of welcome, and of newness. This is a place where people can feel like they are learning, becoming more award and educated about helping themselves, others and giving back.

“I want us to give people the hope they need and help they need to turn away from devastation and push over their own barriers, with our support.”