The IW Overflow Shelter (IWOF) provides low-barrier shelter for guests during extreme weather. Typically, the shelter opens during hypothermia season (November through March) and serves as a cooling center on summer hyperthermia days. In response to the pandemic, IWOF has been open year-round. Interfaith Works case managers engage shelter guests and work to connect them with resources and housing.

*If you know of someone experiencing homelessness and in need of emergency shelter, please have them contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center, (240) 777-4000, which is open 24/7. More information about the Crisis Center is available on this county page.


Aside from monetary donations, the Interfaith Works Overflow Shelter also accepts the following goods:

Linens & Blankets – washcloths, towels, and twin-sized bed sheets preferred
*Please note that all Linen & Blanket donations must be gently used or new
Soap – travel sized or bar soap
Socks & Underwear 
*Please note that all Sock & Underwear donations must be new.

If you wish to donate any of the above goods, please coordinate drop-off of goods by calling (301) 585-4471, Ext. 0 beforehand. If you would rather ship your donations directly to the Overflow Shelter, please do so to the following address:

Interfaith Works Overflow Shelter
Progress Place Building
8106 Georgia Avenue, 2nd Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910