Elena’s Way: A model for future shelters

Emergency shelters provide more than just a place to stay for people experiencing homelessness. When designed and operated using social work best practices, shelters promote the health and wellness of the people accessing services as well as the surrounding community. Perhaps most importantly, these shelters provide hope for the future.

Elena’s Way (pictured above), the new Preble Street Wellness Shelter, is anticipated to open its doors this fall. Named after Elena Schmidt — a person whose wisdom, heart, and values-based skills have helped Preble Street become the agency we are today — Elena’s Way will be a 24-hour, service-inclusive, trauma-informed Wellness Shelter grounded in social work and medical best practices. It will provide warmth, safety, and intensive services to 40 individuals experiencing homelessness and complex health and behavioral issues. Learn more here.