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2022 Winter Sanctuary and Warming Center

Whats the plan?

We are a group of citizens and faith communities in Citrus Heights who provide overnight shelter and warmth for men & women who are experiencing homelessness in our area during the cold months of winter. Potential guests are invited to arrive at the Intake Site at 5 pm each evening. 

Intake Site:

Messiah Lutheran Church - near Rush Park
7801 Rosswood Dr
Citrus Heights CA 95621

A brief registration process and review of behavior guidelines is required - secure storage for small items/bikes will be available.  Guests will be taken to  the Host Church and offered a hot dinner, cot & sleeping bag, and a to-go breakfast before returning to the Intake Site.  Guests will have access to different service providers from Sacramento Self Help Housing, the Citrus Heights Homeless Navigator, AA & NA Reps, showers, health care workers, haircuts, clothing, hygiene products, charging stations for electronic items etc. 

Winter Sanctuary starts at 5 pm Sunday December 26, 2021 and continues every night until February 26, 2022.

A note about health and safety.

All required health and safety practices will be implemented and enforced at all locations for all guests and volunteers. This includes temperature and symptom screening, masks, collecting contact tracing information, social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing procedures for all areas.

Interested in hosting?

Congregations are asked to provide a warm space with seating and tables for the guests. Plus, space for guests to sleep/rest on cots, if they like. We also ask for a corner of the room to accommodate women guests with a partition, if available. Guest attendance # will be determined by each Host location. We ask that you provide a hot meal for breakfast that can be served as guests arrive throughout the morning. Hot beverages like coffee, hot cocoa, tea, and milk, water can be offered. Plus, a bagged to-go meal. Please leave cleaning supplies out for volunteers to use for cleanup- tidying, general pick up of trash, sanitizing all surfaces and restrooms. Contact for more information about becoming a host site.

Interested in volunteering?

Interested in helping our with the respite center? WE are in need of volunteers to help with intake and monitor the center. Please view the sign up sheet below. This year, we have partnered with Hand on Sacramento to make signing up to volunteer easy! Check out the link here for more information and a sign up sheet: Sign Up HERE Please contact with any questions. Thanks in advance!

2022 Winter Sanctuary Committee Meeting

Join us 3rd Tuesday each month at 6 pm at LDS Church meeting room located at 8956 Oak Ave, Citrus Heights, CA.

July 20th
Aug 17th
Sep 21st
Oct 19th
Nov 16th
Dec 15th (if needed)

Host Churches needed! Please call Irene Hronicek 916-220-3615 or email for details and information.

We plan to operate the overnight Winter Sanctuary starting December 26, 2021 thru March 5, 2022. We are thankful to the churches that have already said "yes" to opening their doors to men and women suffering from homelessness during the cold winter months.

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