In 2018, New Bedford had more than 70 nights that were 28 degrees or below. Temperatures this low result in the emergency shelters needing to be opened to support people in our area living without adequate shelter.

It is estimated that at least 60 people are living without any kind of shelter whatsoever, sleeping outside, in cars, and in abandoned buildings on any given night.

In 2019, you can help First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union and Rise Up for Homes keep the shelters open for those who need it most. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the overflow shelter in 2019. The hard cost to keep the overflow shelter open is $475 per night. That money is used for supplies, food, overhead, and security staffing to keep the shelter safe.

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Sister Rose Overflow Shelter: PC-Leslie Poulin

Rise Up for Homes is a collaborative campaign established by the members of the City of New Bedford’s Homeless Service Providers Network [HSPN]. To help support their mission, donations are graciously accepted in any dollar amount:

  • Donate via phone: Text RISEUP to 50155
  • Donate online here
  • Donate via a check: Rise Up For Homes
    First Citizens' Federal Credit Union
    200 Mill Road, Suite 100
    Fairhaven, MA 02719

To donate your time, contact to see how you can help volunteer at the Sister Rose Emergency Overflow Shelter. Volunteers are needed during weekdays and weekends when the temperatures reach 28 degrees or lower.

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RISE UP FOR HOMES: Emergency Overflow Shelter Campaign is proudly supported by First Citizens Federal Credit Union and Horta's Restaurant.


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