Dear friends,

Welcome home! Some of you have been away from the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter for many years, while others were here just yesterday. We welcome you back to a community of dedicated volunteers working tirelessly to run an emergency shelter in the heart of Harvard Square.

Many of you began volunteering at HSHS and have continued to work to end homelessness in our communities. We would love to reconnect, to hear your stories, and to learn from your years of experience as volunteers, former staff directors and supervisors, and community members. On this page, you’ll find concrete ways you can get involved.

(1) Join our alumni community by updating your contact information and sharing a story about your time at the Shelter.

(2) Sign up below to receive news and updates from us electronically.

(3) If you would like to make a donation to support the work we do, please reach out to

We thank you for your continued support and all of your help in making the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter a transformative community for our guests and ourselves.


Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


We are open from the evening of November 1st to the morning of April 15th. The shelter is open from 7PM to 8AM, except on Saturday mornings when it is open until 9AM.

To enter the bed lottery, call toll-free at 1-888-285-4038 between 7:30AM and 8AM.