SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa County

For almost 30 years, SHELTER, Inc. has been working to realize a vision: A Home For Everyone. Every day, one family at a time, SHELTER, Inc. helps people find and keep homes.


Last year, SHELTER, Inc. helped over 5,500 men, women and children in Contra Costa County; almost half of them were children. Our mission—to prevent and end homelessness among low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Since 1986, SHELTER, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, has been meeting the housing needs of low-income families, whether facing eviction, struggling to get off the streets or in need of affordable housing. SHELTER, Inc. is highly successful— over 85% of those served maintain their housing and stay off the streets.




Hiking to end homelessness, one step at a time! On October 19, 2013, 225 men, women and children hiked on the trails of Mount Diablo at the fourth annua l  Hike for SHELTER. These eager hikers raised $115,000 to prevent and end homelessness for struggling families in Contra Costa County, while also spreading awareness about homelessness in our community. Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Douglah Designs Inc.  THANK YOU to the many hikers, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who helped!



  • Kids' Run for SHELTER:  On August 4, 2013, the 3rd annual Kids' Run for SHELTER took place at the Lafayette Reservoir, raising awareness and support for SHELTER, Inc. Started in 2011 by now nine-year-old Kristi Conner, a young runner from Lafayette, the 2013 run included Kristi and 16 friends. They raised over $8,000, bringing the three year campaign total to over $20,000. Little hearts, big love--kids helping the homeless!
  • Horseshoes for SHELTER:  SHELTER, Inc. friends--Ben Barber, Phil Estes, Jon Hawkins (Board member) and Mark Nelson co-hosted the fourth annual Horseshoes 4 SHELTER on October 5, 2013, raising over $31,000 to support the work of SHELTER, Inc. Speical thanks to Stefanie & Joe Cannizzo (Board member) for opening their home. Thanks to all for tossing the horseshoes!
  • Ride for SHELTER:  Biker-extraordinaire, Stefan Moiceanu successfully accomplished his second Ride for SHELTER,  accomplishing a personal challenge to ride four doubles (200 miles per double) as part of the Calfiornia Triple Crown. This passionate cyclist raised $3,995 for SHELTER, Inc.

When you support SHELTER, Inc., you can be assured that your gift will make a difference in Contra Costa County—keeping families from becoming homeless, helping homeless families get off the streets and providing housing to low-income residents. Help us change lives, one family at a time. 

Want to know more about SHELTER, Inc.? Click on the web link in the "About this nonprofit" area on the right of the screen.