The YWCA Greensboro Emergency Family Shelter program provides shelter, food, case management and holistic support for families experiencing homelessness. Each family develops a plan to achieve educational goals, optimal health, financial stability, pay off debts and save money to move into permanent housing.

Shelter residents benefit from interaction with staff and community volunteers, who model effective parenting skills and assist parents as needed in looking up resources, thinking through decisions and problem solving.

Each evening, a hot dinner is brought in and served by volunteers who join with families to eat, talk, play with children, assist with homework or provide a listening ear. In the morning, a breakfast  is provided and parents pack lunch for themselves and their children.

Weekday hours, children go to school, childcare or are with their parents. Parents seek jobs, go to work, school, job training or make use of needed community resources. Length of stay in the shelter is based on progress being made towards family goals and the family’s ability to fully participate in the program.

Join our mailing list or confirm numbers of residents, call 336-333-0175 or email:


Financial investments in the Family Shelter are always appreciated.  Your support will make a difference in the lives of families in our community.

How You Can Help

Become a volunteer 
on your own or with a group from your church, business, school or other group.

Encourage your group to “adopt” one night weekly, monthly, or quarterly to serve at the shelter.

Volunteers are needed:
breakfast (6:30 – 8:00 am)
homework or resident assistance (3:30 – 6:30 pm)
prepare and serve the meal for 25-30 persons (6:15 – 7:30 pm)
evenings (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Donations Drop-Off

Monday – Friday: The YWCA main offices are open from 9 am – 5 pm. 

Our Shelter Needs List

YOU can make a difference for the individuals residing in our Emergency Family Shelter. Click here to help out as a volunteer in the shelter providing support or meals and see below for donation needs and opportunities.

We appreciate all of your donations but due to limited space in out shelter please look at our current needs or give us a call to make sure that we can put it to good use.

If you would like to donate to the YWCA Family Shelter, here are some of our current needs:

Clothing and Infant Needs

diapers & Pullups (sizes 4-6)*

infant formula

twin size sheets/ blankets

*pressing need

Food Supplies

small fruit cups or applesauce

individual chips/popcorn*

granola bars/peanut butter crackers

tuna pouches

cheese sticks

lunch meats & cheese*

yogurt (regular & Greek)

mayonnaise in packets

real juice drink boxes

orange juice*


fruits and vegetables (fresh and canned)

*pressing need

Paper Supplies and Misc.

paper/styrofoam plates, bowls, and cups*

12 & 16 oz. cold and hot cups

paper towels*

paper napkins

Clorox wipes and other cleaning agents*

lawn/leaf size black trash bags (39+ gal.)

plastic forks/spoons

$5/10 gas cards to Walmart or Speedway for incentives*

*pressing need