About Shelter the Homeless

Our Mission

Shelter the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. We aim to benefit individuals and communities by:

  • Owning land and facilities for the benefit of individuals who are experiencing homelessness, who have in the past experienced homelessness, or who are at-risk of experiencing homelessness;
  • Selecting and monitoring providers of services for such individuals;
  • Fostering accountability for public safety in relation to homeless services and helping to integrate homeless service facilities into the neighborhoods where they are located.


Shelter the Homeless was created in 1988 to serve the public good “through the alleviation of human suffering.” To fulfill this mission, Shelter the Homeless purchased land and developed facilities where programs and services could be provided “to aid homeless individuals to become self-sufficient.” The first facility was a single community shelter located in downtown Salt Lake City which was operated by Traveler’s Aid Society, now known as The Road Home. Over time, ownership expanded to include land and facilities in Midvale for a family shelter, as well as two housing complexes located in Salt Lake City, Palmer Court and Wendell Apartments.  Each of these facilities operates for the purpose of helping individuals in housing crises achieve housing stability.

As Shelter the Homeless continues to evolve to serve the community, we have identified the need to provide greater accountability for the good of individuals experiencing homelessness, and for the communities in which services are received. As part of a broad community coalition, Shelter the Homeless is working toward achieving better outcomes for individuals in crisis and for the community as a whole. We are committed to doing so with transparency, mutual support and accountability.

Bylaws | Amended & Restated 4.25.2017


J. Janell Fluckiger
Executive Director

As the first Executive Director of Shelter the Homeless, Janell is helping to establish the organization as a public-private partnership with the ability to lead the community toward better outcomes for our homeless service system. She is working with a variety of stakeholders to help align funding towards shared community goals, such as preventing homelessness and reducing the need for emergency shelter. Beginning in 2014, Janell has worked with Salt Lake County’s Collective Impact on Homelessness, the initiative which has fostered collaborative decision-making across Salt Lake County and the State of Utah to help minimize homelessness.  

Janell has a background in policy work dating back to her internship with Senator Orrin Hatch in 2000, and continuing throughout her career in policy and project development, including for Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Janell received her BA from Brigham Young University (2001), her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah (2009), and is currently working on her PhD in Education Policy at the University of Utah. She grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and their two sons.

Job Openings

Shelter the Homeless, Inc is seeking an Executive Director. 

For detailed information, please see the Job Description and Qualifications.

Janell Fluckiger
Executive Director
Shelter the Homeless

Additional questions can also be directed to the above email address.  The position will be open until filled.

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