Friends in Deed

Bad Weather Shelter

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The Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter (BWS) is a Friends In Deed program that provides shelter for homeless individuals during the winter season.  For the last few years, and again for the 2016-2017 season, the Bad Weather Shelter has been weather activated (a forecast of 40 degrees or below and/or 40% chance of rain) from the day after Thanksgiving until the 1st of March.


During the 2015-2016 season, the BWS was open a total of 33 nights.  For those 33 nights, they served a total of 1,941 Guests – 1,423 men (205 unduplicated) & 518 women (77 unduplicated).  To find out if the shelter is open during the active bad weather season, call the Hotline, 1-888-915-8111.  For all other questions, call 626-797-2402.


The Bad Weather Shelter is located in the gymnasium of the Pasadena Covenant Church, at 539 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, next door to Fire Department Station 33, and just north of the Gold line.


A list of other Winter Shelters, in LA County, can be found HERE and on the LAHSA Winter Shelter Program page.  Their telephone hotline number is 1-800-548-6047.  Recycled Resources for the Homeless will be hosting a Winter Access Center, open every night, from December 1st – February 28th, at All Saints Episcopal Church, in Highland Park (5619 Monte Vista Street, Highland Park, CA 90042).  For the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, you can find their Winter Shelter Program below.


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How the Shelter Operates 

The Bad Weather Shelter is a high tolerance shelter.  At 8 pm, individual guests are admitted, registered, provided with a cot, sheet, & a blanket, and given a hot meal.  Guests leave the shelter by 7 am each morning.  There is no discrimination due to race, sexual orientation, gender, ancestry, national origin, legal status, or disabilities.



The shelter is staffed by professionals who are experienced with the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicted populations.  Several work as professionals at Union Station, Lake Avenue Foundation and Passageways.  A nurse from Passageways/Pacific Clinics provides flu shots, health evaluations and palliative care.  Special programs include Twelve Step Programs, Foot Washing and periodic entertainment by the volunteer groups.


Volunteering for the Bad Weather Shelter

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Bad Weather Shelter, please email Marlene Martinez at  We are also looking for people, or groups, that could volunteer on short notice.


During the BWS season, if you have questions regarding BWS policies, procedures, or changes to your volunteer dates, please contact William Shelby, Bad Weather Shelter Director, at


We request that volunteer groups be comprised of NO MORE THAN 15 PEOPLE.  Larger groups interfere with the functioning of the shelter.  Volunteers are asked NOT TO BRING ITEMS TO BE DONATED to the shelter other than the food for the night.


BWS Volunteer Application          BWS Volunteer Training Manual          BWS Cookbook        BWS Flyer 2016-2017



The Bad Weather Shelter first opened in 1986 in response to the emergency needs of homeless persons in Pasadena. These were individuals who for a variety of reasons lacked adequate refuge during the cold and wet winter months. The shelter was located at the Salvation Army gymnasium until 1989 and then moved to its present location in the gymnasium of the Pasadena Covenant Church.


The first director of the shelter was Dr. Joe Colletti whose vision, care and energy made the shelter possible. In 1989 the shelter became an official program of Friends In Deed.


Rebecca Huang was instrumental in organizing support for the Bad Weather Shelter when the City of Pasadena was forced to reduce their funding following the economic downturn.