|WHAT WE DO
A "typical" day at Dorothy Day House
The first activity occurs
in the shelter around 5am when the shelter volunteer wakes up and gets
things ready. Guests
wake up at 5:30am and are out of the shelter shortly after 6am. The early
departure ensures that both guests
and volunteers can get to work.
is served seven days a week in the kitchen by Catholic Charities
through the the Morning Glory breakfast program. A
nutricious breakfast is served from 6:30 to 9am.
Shortly after noon the
kitchen crew arrives to prepare lunch.
At 3:15 the doors open and the meal is served. A complete hot
is served with salad and dessert.
Guests may take sandwich bags with them when
they leave. We stop
serving meals at 4:45pm and cleanup is usually finished by 5:30, at
which time the kitchen crew leaves for the day.
During the winter months, the Shelter from the Cold program (currently
run out of Saint James AME Church) opens at 6pm and guests can get out
of the cold for a few hours until the shelters open.
At 9pm, guests are
admitted to the shelter.
The shelter has separate bathrooms for men
and women, and shower facilities. Lights go
out around 9:45pm and the shelter volunteer does a load of
guest laundry before catching a few
hours of sleep.