Emergency homeless shelter opening at UU Church

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia and the Fellowship of Reconciliation have partnered up to provide an emergency shelter for homeless men and women during the next two weeks.

The UU Church will open its doors to the homeless starting Monday (Dec. 9), and ending on the morning of Dec. 21.


The church is seeking volunteers for each night, with three people per shift – preferably, at least two men will be on the latest shifts.

Shift times are as follows:

  • 5:30 – 10 p.m.
  • 9:30 – 1:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Jeff Stack at jstack@formissouri.edu, or sign up online using this link.

Other ways to help

Along with volunteers, the church is also seeking help in other areas.

  • Food donations: Portable breakfast items, such as granola, protein bars and fruit.
  • Winter gear donations: Gloves, socks, scarves, jackets, blankets.
  • Cleaning: Help clean up restrooms, vacuum, set up and take down cots, and the like.

Donations can be dropped off at the church on Dec. 15. You can also call the church at 573-442-5764.   


The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 2615 Shepard Blvd, in Columbia. Find more information on the church website. 





About Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) served as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values through summer 2014. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home. She currently teaches English at Fr. Tolton High School.

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