The Hospitality Hub is almost one year into our pandemic response efforts. A lot about our work has changed in that time but the foundation of our work—listening and responding to the needs of people experiencing homelessness—remains the same.

In December, we added COVID testing to our list of services and have conducted as many as 70 tests per day since then. We’ve also been working closely with Community Alliance for the Homeless (CAFTH) to generate vaccination outreach and education plans.

From left: Tamika conducts COVID testing at the Hub Plaza. Clients are lined up for services as staff arrives on a recent morning.

In anticipation of the recent winter storm, our staff worked diligently to secure shelter for every single client. If we were unable to secure a place in a shelter or warming center for a client, we covered the cost of a hotel for the duration of the storm and cold temperatures. The coordinated work of CAFTH, Room in the Inn, Hospitality Hub, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and others kept hundreds of vulnerable people safe during the storm. When the warming centers closed after the storm, more than 100 people came to the Hub Plaza for services.

Ms. Cynthia presenting the delicious food donated to the Hub Hotel by the Grizzlies!

We are grateful to our incredible supporters for donating much-needed food and supplies! Global Cafe and Casablanca, two wonderful local restaurants, have been especially generous in donating meals to Hub Hotel guests—please give them your business!

Here are a few ways you can help:

Purchase materials for guests at the Hub Hotel
Purchase materials for clients at the Hub Plaza
Volunteer to provide a meal

Thank you.
Kelcey Johnson