Houses of Grace

In 2019 we successfully completed our fourth, three-month winter season of offering hot meals and a warm and dry place to sleep to those of us who need it.  I am delighted to say that St Andrew’s Church has taken the lead in this island effort, and by offering our resources, and by a number of us offering some real staff time, we are showing some real heart.  Heart for ministry, a heart for the poor, a heart for the sick, and for those who need food, clothing and shelter.  And some of us, I’m pleased to add, are beginning to see those less fortunate than we are as people deserving of our time and attention—and true caring and sacrifice.

Anyone who would like to donate time or resources to the Houses of Grace shelter should ask Father Chip about it.  Those who participate almost uniformly remark how much it means to them.

Respectfully submitted,

Father Chip+


The Warming Center

The Warming Center is a drop-in facility located in the basement of the Good Shepherd Parish in Oak Bluffs, across from the Oak Bluffs Town Hall.

The center provides a warm, safe, and supportive respite from the cold for men, women and families. Warm beverages along with showers and laundry service are provided.

The Warming Center is open from November through March.

Monday: 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Tuesday – Saturday: 11AM – 2PM

To find out how you can help, call Good Shepherd Parish at 508-693-0342 for volunteer opportunities.

Good Shepherd Parish
55 School St
Oak Bluffs, MA


 Houses of Grace Island Homeless Shelter Program

                            January 1 to March 31                                   


Men, women, and families are welcome—supervised by

faith community volunteers—Bedding, Dinner, Breakfast provided

Open Every Night 7 PM to 7 AM*

*No Dinner after 7:30 pm—No admission after 8:00 pm

Overnight Shelter  every night January – March


The Federated Church, 45 S. Summer St., Edgartown (627-4662)


Good Shepherd Parish Center, 55 School Street, Oak Bluffs (693-0342)


St Andrew’s Church Parish House, 51 Winter Street, Edgartown (627-5330)

All are Welcome!

For additional information please contact the church offices – locations may change.