Village House Women’s Shelter


Village House: An Interfaith Shelter of Hope
is a daytime center at St. Francis for as many as 15 delightful, medically fragile women. The center typically runs in late winter and is open Sunday-Wednesdays each week.

This remarkable effort to show God’s love provides a caring and loving environment. It’s the first 24-hour “safe space” some guests have had in years. More than 80 St. Francis members, along with neighbors and friends from Willow Glen and beyond, volunteered during our shelter-hosting rotation a year ago.

Volunteers listen to stories. They provide feedback for guests attending community college or preparing for a job interview. Volunteers stay overnight or just for two hours. Many come away inspired by the shelter guests. If your job keeps you busy during the day, no problem! You can help at the overnight shelter hosted by our neighbors, Willow Glen United Methodist Church.


The Village House Shelter has left Willow Glen for the next churches in the rotation – overnights at St. Frances Cabrini and daytimes at Good Samaritan Episcopal and Almaden Hills United Methodist churches. The shelter is still in need of volunteers at the new locations. All experience levels (teens too!) are needed to come spend time making it a safe and welcoming place for our guests. For more info and to volunteer, go to:

If you know of any faith communities that may be willing to host a daytime shelter, please contact Kelly Castellon Kelly Castellon or Chris Peacock.

To make a financial contribution, write a check to St. Francis, designating “Village House”, or contribute online at

Encourage others to volunteer. We’re happy to have even more friends and neighbors helping again this year. Please ask them. And please let us know about other faith communities interested in hosting an overnight or daytime shelter.

Pray for our guests and the shelter’s success. Through our shelter and volunteers, God is making a difference in these ladies’ lives.

Questions? contact Kelly Castellon or Chris Peacock.