Men’s Winter Shelter: Feb. 18-25

2018 Winter Shelter (WS) Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Oseh Shalom family,

Thank you for supporting Women’s Winter shelter.  We are expecting at least 25 men and need a lot of support.  Please take a look at the signup below and let us know if you can help.

For more information contact Eileen Hollander at

Men’s: Sunday, February 18 – Sunday, February 25

Evening driver: pick up guests beginning at 6:30 pm at the Elizabeth House. Continue
to circle back to Elizabeth House until all guests are picked up.

Dinner prep, serve, clean up*: 5 pm at the earliest (will depend on the meal) to 8 pm
(when dinner ends). Put out appetizers about 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm.

  • Cook a meal or heat prepared meals in refrigerator. If cooking, adhere to Kashrut policies (see below).
  • Prepare and set out appetizers by 6:30 pm.
  • Set up dinner buffet and put out dessert items if not already out.
  • Clean up after dinner.

Evening chaperone*: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

  • Check in guests at front desk (see below).
  • Set out evening snacks, drinks, paper goods. Monitor & refill.
  • Ask guests if they would like a bag lunch for the next day. Lunches are dairy,
    leftovers from dinner, tuna fish sandwich, or cheese sandwich. Some
    guests may choose a variety of snacks and fruit, or breakfast bars.
  • Prepare the bag lunches.

Overnight chaperone : 10 pm to 7 am. Chaperone take turns sleeping at least half the time.

  • Ensure guests stay in Social Hall or approved areas and help with minor issues.
  • In morning set up breakfast tables.
  • Ensure that guests are up and ready to go by 7 am.
  • Give each guest an admit slip for that evening.
  • On the last day of the shelter, before leaving with the guests, move all the WS
    items toward the front of the Social Hall for item pick up.

Shelter set up:
Sunday Jan 21, 9:30-11:30 am, Women’s WS
Sunday Feb 18, 9:30-11:30 am, Men’s WS

  • Organize kitchen donations
  • Arrange WS supplies that arrive from
    previous location
  • Decorate social hall to welcome our guests.

Shelter break down:
Sunday Jan 28, 9:30-11:30 am, Women’s WS
Sunday Feb 25, 9:30-11:30 am, Men’s WS

  • Pack up WS items to be delivered to next site
  • Take down and store decorations
  • Straighten and organize kitchen.

If I am working the dinner shift (prepare, serve, clean up) will I have to bring dinner or
make it from scratch?

It depends. Some of the main dishes have been prepared ahead of time by the children
in the upper and lower schools (thank you!). Other meals will be made that evening by
the evening chaperones. Items such as salad, corn bread, or vegetables will need to be

  • Please keep in mind our kashrut rules! And remember, we also a peanut free facility.  No Peanut butter or items containing peanuts.
  • We are serving dairy meals only. Fish is fine.Teens
  • All prepackaged food should be marked with a heksher (kosher symbol) with a
    few exceptions such as cheese & vegetarian salsa. For further
    information on the Oseh Shalom kashrut policy, visit .
  • All kitchen work must be done on the dairy side of the kitchen.

Is there a check-in procedure for guests?

  • Yes. A check in table is set up at the front of the social hall. Each guest will have an
    admit slip (given to each guest, by overnight chaperone, in the morning prior to leaving).
  • When guests arrive in the evening they will present the admit slip, and volunteers will
    sign them in on the guest log.
  • The dinner crew serves around 7 pm. No real end time. You are invited to enjoy dinner with our guests or other volunteers.
  • What do our guests do until dinnertime?
  • When guests arrive in the evening, they may like to freshen up and get situated. They
    may want to socialize with each other and us and enjoy appetizers until dinner.
  • After dinner guests may continue to socialize, play games, or begin to get ready for bed. We will have cards and games available.
  • You will be working with at least 2 other volunteers, more for the men’s shelter.
    What time do we leave in the morning?
  • The overnight shift ends at 7 am. Overnight chaperones are responsible for driving the
    guests back to the Elizabeth House.

I want to contribute to Winter Shelter but I cannot make it to the shelter or go out to buy
supplies. How can I help?

Hosting this event costs Oseh money. Donations are very welcome. Make
your check out to Oseh Shalom and note it for Social Action/Winter Shelter.

Can I bring my children to the Winter Shelter?

  • We welcome children’s participation! Children should be polite and respectful to our guests but, at the same time, be reminded that they should not share personal information with our guests such as their phone number or address.
  • Teens and tweens should avoid wearing revealing or provocative clothing.
  • Please let children know that they should speak with their parent or an adult
    chaperone if they are concerned about any interaction

What if I cannot stay the whole time?

First, we are grateful for any help you can offer! And we understand that people may
have to leave early because they have small children or other responsibilities. We ask
that you please let us know your plans beforehand so that we can plan coverage
Whom do I contact to help?
Eileen Hollander: 410-428-3985
● Judy Swanner: 443-797-3394
● Rebecca Goldfinger: 910-200-5263

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