New York Avenue Men's Shelter

Shelter Hospitality Volunteer

Shelter Hospitality Volunteer


Catholic Charities low barrier shelters offer emergency housing to men over the age of 18. The Shelters are open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 AM and offer a hot dinner, access to case management, showers, and a bed each night.


Shelter Hospitality Volunteers will assist staff and greet the men as they enter the Shelter in the evenings. The presence of these volunteers affirms the dignity of the men who stay at the Shelter and enables the staff to move around the Shelter and help people get settled.


Shelter Hospitality Volunteers will be responsible for:

  • Greeting the men who stay at the Shelter
  • Serving dinner
  • Distributing sheets
  • Distributing mail
  • Supporting Shelter staff


Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Warm smile
  • Ability to operate in a hectic environment



  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age


Volunteer Benefits:

  • Clearer understanding of homelessness in our community
  • Opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life



  • Volunteers will participate in Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation
  • Volunteers will receive on-site training at New York Avenue Men’s Shelter
  • Volunteers will have on-site supervision


Time Commitment:

  • Volunteers will serve for approximately 2 hours, once a week
  • Volunteers will consistently serve on the same day of the week (e.g. every Monday)
  • Volunteers can serve any evening of the week, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Volunteers will serve for at least 6 months


Location: New York Avenue Men’s Shelter 1355 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

  • A parking lot (with very rough pavement) is located across the street from the Shelter
  • The Shelter is a 1.3 mile walk from the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station (Red Line)
  • The Shelter Is accessible by the E2 bus from Fort Totten and the D4 bus from Franklin Square


Next Steps:

  • Then, join us for Volunteer Orientation to learn more about this role and begin the volunteer onboarding process