Rainbow Place

Our Work

Our Mission
The mission of Rainbow Place is to provide women emergency overnight shelter during the hypothermia season and assist them as they transition to a better quality of life.
Who We Serve
Rainbow Place is an emergency shelter. We work with women at the very beginning of their transition out of homelessness. Our primary focus is to keep the women we serve safe during the harsh winter months and help transition them out of homelessness. We are open from November 1 - March 31. Our clients receive a warm, safe place to sleep, a hot dinner, breakfast, a bag lunch, shower, laundry facilities, access to case management, limited storage space, limited transportation, and referrals to local social service and treatment programs. 

Women 18 years of age or older
Meet the definition of homeless (A person is considered homeless if, without HUD assistance, they would have to spend the night in a homeless shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation)
Willing to adhere to the Rainbow Place Rules

Clients may be referred from the Montgomery County Crisis Center (240-777-4000), one of the local homeless outreach teams, or by self-referral.  
All self-referrals will be directed to the Crisis Center for an initial screening before returning for shelter services. 

Rainbow Place
215 West Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 762-1496

Director of Development - development@rainbowplace.org
Volunteer Coordinator - rainbow@rainbowplace.org

Internal Revenue Service Form 990 is available upon request for inspection at the office of Rainbow Place Shelter

Our History

In 1982, a group of women at Rockville Presbyterian Church decided they wanted to reach out to the women experiencing homelessness in the City of Rockville. They decided they were up to the job of providing a warm, safe place to sleep for any woman who needed it during the winter months.  In the first season, Rainbow Place clients were provided with an egg crate mattress on the floor, a hot cup of coffee, and a cheerful and compassionate staff to greet them. In the second season, dinner began to be served each night. Over the years, our services have expanded and Rainbow Place has grown to become a vitally important and highly respected part of the local care-giving community.

Founding Mothers

Betty Barney                  Margee Iddings              Marnie Lehr
Pamela McRainey         Judy Taylor                    Elke Herzfeld
Martha Irwin                   Nancy Marsh                Kathy Michaelian
Becky Wagner 

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Today at Rainbow Place Shelter

Rainbow serves an average of 95 women each season, most of whom come from Montgomery County. Many of the women of Rainbow Place are newly experiencing homelessness within the past 12 months, but others have been experiencing homelessness for many years. While many are employed or receive public assistance, all of Rainbow's women are considered to be at the lowest level of poverty, unable to afford a modest apartment for themselves or for their family. Rainbow Place serves as a gateway into the Continuum of Care for the homeless in the County and partners with numerous agencies to meet the needs of the women who are served at the shelter.

Other than our director, Rainbow has an all part-time staff which is mostly seasonal. We appreciate the many committed volunteers who help with a variety of tasks year round. Volunteers are vital to ensure Rainbow Place can operate on its modest budget. We rely on organizations, groups, schools and individuals of all ages to support evening and daytime volunteer needs both on and off-site. 

Board of Directors   

Don Hadley Sandi Hawkes Lauren Lehman Ginny DeSeau Fred Newton

Lauren Paiva   Willa Watson    Richard Stolz  Monica Antonio              

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Cash donations and in kind donations of goods and services are always appreciated at Rainbow Place. In fact, we could not do what we do without the support of our generous donors.
Tax ID number (EIN) 47-5082306

We are so grateful to all of you for your generous donations. We currently have enough clothing and toiletries to last the entire season!

Consider making a recurring donation to help sustain the work we do at the shelter each year.

Volunteer Your Time

We need many volunteers year round to help us fulfill our mission here at Rainbow Place.  You can help as an Evening Meal Server or Preparer,  during the daytime, over a holiday and we need people as emergency resources at times. 

Click to learn more about the many ways you can volunteer at Rainbow Place