The Interfaith Works Women’s Center is a 70-bed short-term emergency shelter in Rockville serving approximately 300 women per year. Case managers work with clients towards a rapid exit housing plan from the shelter by referring them to housing programs, vocational programs, making medical referrals, mental health referrals, and connecting them to social services benefits.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines, IW has not been able to keep the Women’s Center at full capacity. To continue serving the same number of women, and ensure residents are at least 6ft apart, IW has opened a temporary Overflow Shelter at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center in Silver Spring
, MD.

*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 around the clock. More information about the Crisis Center is available on this county page.

Volunteer Opportunities (Rockville Location Only)

Prepare and deliver dinners for a large group (35-40 women) any day of the week
– Prepare and deliver 35-40 lunches on a Saturday or Sunday

Questions about volunteering or want to schedule a volunteer group at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center? Please contact Samantha Cheakalos at scheakalos@iworksmc.org. Samantha will be happy to talk about the details and provide information (and inspiration!) on how to prepare meals for our residents.


Aside from monetary donations, the Interfaith Works Women’s Center and Women’s Overflow Shelter are also accepting the following goods:

Cleaning supplies (bleach, Clorox wipes, mops, brooms, dish soap, nitrile gloves, laundry detergent, etc.)
Feminine Hygiene products
Paper Goods (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, etc.)
Socks & (Women’s) Underwear
*Please note that sock & underwear donations must be new.
– Snack bars
Water bottles


Please coordinate donation drop-off with the IW Women’s Center by calling (301).770.2413, Ext. 0. If you’d like to ship your donation directly to the Women’s Center instead, please do so to the following address:
Interfaith Works Women’s Center
2 Taft Court
Rockville, MD 20850

You can also ship the items listed above to the Overflow Women’s Center at the following address:
Interfaith Works Women’s Overflow Shelter
2450 Lyttonsville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910