Elk Grove Winter Sanctuary (EGWINS) is a service that cares for men, women, and families by providing a hot meal and overnight housing in local participating churches on a rotating basis.  Our goal is to serve the homeless population every year during the coldest months, from December through March.

We recently completed our first year of service and were able to bless many in our community through the help of God’s people.  We look forward to another successful year and the opportunity to collaborate with even more churches and community members.  For our upcoming event we invite you to join us.

                                                                   EG WINS Together: City-Wide Music Concert

                                                                   Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                                                                          Hosted by LifePointe Christian Church

                                                                         10291 East Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA

                                                                                       Admission: Love Offering

This event will showcase many talented musicians.  Together, we will praise God for His provisions for 2014.  We are excited to be united as one church, one voice, and one mind for God’s purpose.

May 10th will be a memorable night for ELK Grove- a night the community comes together to bring hope to those in need.

For more information about the concert contact: Rene Jenkins, Co-Fundraiser coordinator, [email protected] 

PATH Elk Grove  has joined forces with the Elk Grove Food Bank for this great event.  Part of your registration fee will go to PATH, but only if you write 1PATH in the registration code in the box on the form or on-line at http://www.run4independence.com
Seniors in Jeff Merker's Industrial Technology program at Sheldon High School built the racks that will be used to hang storage bags containing the sleeping bags for the guests of the Winter Sanctuary. The three student who built the three collapsible racks are Adam Ju, Richard Bessette and Brandon Langan (left to right).  Thanks guys, your hard work will be put to a great use!

Sara Wang from Davita Dialysis presented a $1,000 donation to PATH members Fred Bremerman and Linda Strom for the upcoming EGWins program.

What a great help from Davita Dialysis to help us in our joint effort with local churches to offer temporary, emergency shelter for homeless people in Elk Grove during the cold winter months.

Unexpected blessing.

PATH was blessed today by a very sweet boy who collected cans and bottles to raise money to donate toward the Grace House.  Encouraged by a teacher to find a way to give an unexpected blessing 7 year old Josiah Rogers told his mother Bethany that he want to give money to PATH.

Josiah had heard about the work PATH was doing with the homeless when he saw a flyer at Sun Grove Church.  Joined by his mother, sisters and brother, Josiah met with PATH volunteer Ed Kelly at Grace House to deliver the envelope of cash he saved from his work collecting and redeeming cans and bottles.

We are grateful that this young boy took the time and effort to reach out to those in need.  His giving heart is greatly appreciated.

From December 15, 2013 through February 15, 2014.  This program  provides a safe warm place to stay with a warm meal provided by volunteers at local churches in the Elk Grove area.  Those seeking shelter should arrive at 5:30 PM at the Elk Grove United Methodist Church 8986 Elk Grove Blvd to register and transportation will be provide to the host church site.  More information can be found on www.egwins.org  

Volunteer opportunities: for more information about EG WINS, to donate materials, or find out more about joining this effort, contact: Fred Bremerman [email protected]  or Linda Strom [email protected]

On Saturday, Nov 16, Mayor Gary Davis invited Robert Cloud from Grace House and Fred Bremerman from PATH to the Grand Opening of the new McDonald's next to Walmart on Bruceville @ Whitelock Parkway. Store owner Steve Ramirez celebrated the store opening with donations to local causes, including PATH/Grace House and EG WINS. Again our community and our connections are benefiting Elk Grove homeless. Let's celebrate!

Mayor vows to help people become productive citizens

 UPDATED 2:47 PM PDT Mar 23, 2013

On Saturday, a transitional homeless shelter opened its doors in an Elk Grove neighborhood.

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Old Town Elk Grove to refurbish a boarded-up home that is being turned into a transitional house for homeless people trying to get a job.

The mayor called it an innovative plan to buy foreclosures with grant money, while at the same time addressing the homeless crisis.

The project vows to turn homeless people into productive citizens.

"It's going to be great -- and the neighbors won't have to worry," said Robert Cloud, of Elk Grove.

Cloud was excited to see his new home on Jonell Court.

"I was living underneath a tree in a field with my dog," Cloud said.

He told KCRA 3 he became homeless after he lost his marriage, his home and his job working as manager for AAA when the Elk Grove office shut down.

Now, thanks to Elk Grove's first transitional home for former homeless people, he's getting a second chance.

The city of Elk Grove picked five people to live in this five-bedroom house.

"They are Elk Grove residents primarily, who have just fallen on hard times," Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis said.

It took volunteers five months to transform the run-down foreclosure property on Jonell Court.

The city spent about $200,000 to buy this foreclosure property and turn it into a homeless facility, but it will now be up to nonprofit groups to pay for the day-to-day operations.

Impact Community Church is kicking off the program by paying for food and utilities for an entire year.

During the ribbon-cutting, the mayor told the crowd the facility is not just a shelter -- because
homeless people have to go through job training, job interviews and can only stay for six months.

As Cloud searches for a new job, he's thankful for Elk Grove's support.

"It's going to be nice," Cloud said. "It beats sleeping on the ground."

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/Elk-Grove-transforms-foreclosure-into-haven-for-homeless/-/11797728/19440522/-/tikh8pz/-/index.html#ixzz2eUs4gxJd

Day of Caring is meant to give families a second chance

 UPDATED 10:27 AM PDT Oct 27, 2012

On Saturday, dozens of volunteers gathered in Old Town Elk Grove to refurbish a boarded-up home that is being turned into a transitional house for homeless people trying to get a job.

A few months ago, the city purchased a five-bedroom home on Jonell Court to combat the homeless problem.

Five people at a time will be able to live in the house for three to six months while they get back on their feet.

Vice Mayor Pat Hume said these are not your typical people living under a bridge.

He told KCRA 3 that Elk Grove has been hit hard by foreclosures -- and good people have lost their homes.

At first, neighbors were not happy with the idea of homeless people living in their neighborhood, but there has been less resistance as people see the improvements being made to beautify the home.

Hume told KCRA 3 it will be a drug- and alcohol-free home, and that a counselor would be living in the house to ensure everyone is following the rules.

The city of Elk Grove has received housing grants, and plans to purchase more foreclosure properties to expand the program.

There is already a waiting list to get into transitional housing.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/Dozens-of-volunteers-refurbish-homeless-house-in-Elk-Grove/-/12969376/17158874/-/myeph2/-/index.html#ixzz2eUuKIe3i