SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa County


Far too many families are homeless and without hope. They struggle to keep a roof over their children’s heads. And the high cost of rental housing and the lack of fundamental skills, such as literacy and job skills, put even more families at risk.

With the generous support of the community, SHELTER, Inc. gives families a safe place to live, meeting their most basic needs, while offering services such as education, employment development and counseling. By providing these life-long tools, families are able to transform their lives and the future of their children.

Since 1986, SHELTER, Inc. has served over 195,000 men, women and children in Contra Costa County. With a mission to prevent and end homelessness for low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency, SHELTER, Inc. uses a three tier approach aimed at preventing homelessness, breaking the cycle of homelessness and providing affordable housing.

SHELTER, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


End homelessness in your community by joining us for the 6th Annual Hike for SHELTER on Mount Diablo. Choose one of four different hiking trails, from a 2.4-mile family hike to a 6.8-mile summit hike! No matter which trail you choose, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Contra Costa County followed by a catered lunch in the beautiful Oak Hill Park.  You’ll enjoy music, crafts, giveaways and an interview with a former client. Your generous support will help raise awareness and critical funds needed to help prevent and end homelessness for the thousands of families in Contra Costa County.



  • 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 (former board member), Colin Harter, Mark Nelson and Tony Del Santos will be co-hosting the sixth annual Horseshoes 4 SHELTER on September 12th. Over the past five years, the event has raised $105,000 to support the work of SHELTER, Inc. A special thanks to the Harter Family for opening their home for the event.


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.