Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

An army of 28 volunteers from Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) spent an entire Sunday in February refreshing STAND!’s emergency shelter. As part of their One Sunday community service project, LOPC members did a thorough deep cleaning of the shelter’s kitchen, dining room, living room, and childcare room. Volunteers also restocked the kitchen with cooking supplies, changed light bulbs, and even made some minor repairs. The group went above and beyond, getting down on their hands and knees to scrub every nook and cranny.

When women and children come to our emergency shelter after leaving violent homes, STAND! makes every effort to provide them with a welcoming space. Thanks to our fabulous volunteers, a well-stocked kitchen and dining room, clean and comfortable living room, and safe and fun childcare room are areas in which women and children staying in our shelter can relax and enjoy each other’s company while they heal from recent trauma. Clients expressed their deep appreciation and said they are motivated to keep the shelter in tip-top shape.

STAND! welcomes volunteer groups year-round to help tidy and maintain our shelter and other sites across Contra Costa County.