Emergency Shelter

This is what the Homeless long for: respect, freedom from hunger, shelter from the elements, safety, the companionship of the like-minded. They want to live without fear. The want to enjoy the probity of the open air without the risk of bodily harm. They want to be warm. They want the comfort of a clean bed when they are ill, relief from pain, a hand offered in friendship. Ordinary conversation. Simple needs

Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted (New York: Penguin Group, 2013), 483.

LEOS - Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter

Yokefellow operates the Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, known as LEOS, in partnership with the City of Lenoir. The shelter is located at 1129 West Avenue in downtown and operates year-round, 24/7.

This full-service permanent emergency shelter serves those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is open to men, women and children, thus keeping families under one roof while offering dignity, respect and accountability.

LEOS has shower facilities, a laundry room, kitchen and dining area. There are designated sleeping quarters for men, women and families, as well as common living spaces.

All residents at LEOS receive weekly case management services to help them transition from homelessness to sustainable, independent living.

Residents are responsible for most daily chores and housekeeping at the shelter.

LEOS always welcomes volunteers from the community.

In 2021, Yokefellow added two additional emergency shelter services: (1) an emergency shelter for those not vaccinated for Covid, and (2) Safe Site parking.

The LEOS administrator can be reached at 828-726-3634.


2021 Results

  • 1,278 nights of shelter
  • 6,795 volunteer hours donated
  • 6,063 pounds of goods donated
  • 5,312 nutritious meals served

Additional Shelter Options

For individuals who are not vaccinated for Covid, Yokefellow’s Emergency Shelter program provides a temporary and safe place to sleep overnight, with limited access to the emergency shelter area of the LEOS building. Regular invitations to participate in LEOS programs and gatherings are extended if the individual becomes fully COVID vaccinated. Doors open daily from 5 pm until 8 pm.

In addition, the new Safe Site parking program provides a temporary and safe place for single individuals and couples who have no place to stay except their vehicle. Yokefellow provides a place to park and sleep overnight without fear of harassment or arrest for trespassing. Those in the Safe Site parking program have access to the emergency shelter area of LEOS and are invited to participate in LEOS programs and gatherings.

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