Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
On Saturday, February 28, Guardian Angels will be hosting an evening of drinks, dinner, and special entertainment featuring comedian & ventriloquist, James Wedgwood. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, a drink ticket, dessert and entertainment. We are VERY excited to announce that all proceeds will go to St. Andrew's Community Resource Center's new Rental Subsidy Program! Funds will be made available to families in need of that little extra "boost" to move into their new homes. Tickets are available at the church office, after all Masses on the weekends of Feb. 7, 14, & 21, and online by clicking below:
We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with set-up, serving, and/or cleaning up afterward. Please click HERE to see available shifts. Further details are available by contacting Mike Fouts (firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-503-3380)
Lost and Found Concert
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Lost and Found concert at Eastern Heights Lutheran Church. Attendance was just over 200, and we were all treated to a highly entertaining 90 minutes of great music and lively banter. If you haven't had a chance to see this band live, you don't know what you're missing! Check out their website at www.speedwood.com for only 2 more Minnesota dates on their Farewell tour.
Holidays at HJH
We were blessed to have Santa Claus visit us TWICE this season. He and Mrs. Claus showed up in early December to listen to the wishes of those staying with us. Items of interest included: a red dinosaur, a new home, "Stuffies," anything Elsa, and a PS4. Then, on Dec 21, he was able to schedule an early Christmas visit with us, due to an "in" one of our volunteers has with an elf! A variety of toys, games, candy, and stuffed animals were provided. The early visit did not mean he couldn't make it on Christmas Eve, as each of the guests was surprised by stockings containing small items and gift cards!
We would like to thank Angelina's Kitchen (www.angelinaskitchen.com) for, again, providing a Christmas meal for the families. We were treated to a roasted turkey dinner with all of the fixings, and it was FANTASTIC.
All of the families staying at Hope for the Journey Home have asked us to offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to this ministry. It was truly a wonderful several weeks, and we look forward to continued blessings in 2015.
Corporate Thank Yous!
Prestige Wealth Management, Lake Elmo
Dogs at Play, Newport
Angelina's Kitchen, Woodbury
Please view the calendars linked below to see if there are any shifts that you might be able to fill.
Feb 22 - 28 (Overnights: Fri [1 female], Sat [1 female]. Dinners: 1 more volunteer needed for Fri.)
March 1 - 7 (Overnights: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri.)
March 8 - 14 (Overnights: Tues & Sat. Dinners: Sun, Tues, Fri & Sat.)
March 15 - 21 (Overnights: Fri & Sat. Dinners: Fri & Sat.)
March 29 - April 4 (Overnights: Sun, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat. Dinners: Tues, Wed & Fri)
We are currently in need of Size 4, 5 & 6 diapers
A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.
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Click here to read some background information on the establishment of the Hope for the Journey Home Shelter.
About Volunteering and Staffing the Shelter
This is a collaborative effort of churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties. Your help is needed to staff the shelter with volunteers. Generally, a church hosts the shelter for one week, although a larger church could consider two weeks. Small churches frequently combine to share a week. Individual volunteers are also needed. The staff works in shifts, with the first two volunteers arriving at 2:45 PM, when the earliest buses drop off children after school. After a snack and some play time, help with homework could ensue while later arriving help (5:00 PM) would serve dinner. The total number of guests each week varies, but is typically 15-30 plus volunteer staff. An overnight staff of two, same gender or a married couple, would arrive for the overnight shift (8:00 PM) and is responsible for serving a continental breakfast, setting all in order, and seeing the guests off to school or back to St. Andrews.
It takes 42-44 volunteers to staff a full week with no double shifts. A paid staff person is at the shelter for each shift change to provide an orientation and any training needed.
The shelter is not open during the day from 9 AM - 3 PM, except on Saturdays. Weekend transportation to the Metro Transit Center at SunRay Shopping Center (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) or the Maplewood Community Center (Sunday) is offered to the families. Monday through Thursday, the families are either at jobs or working toward their individual goals at St. Andrews.
There are over 30 churches involved in this project at the present time. We are looking to add some additional churches as the shelter is open every day of the year. While many games and craft materials are available at the shelter, volunteering churches may also choose to bring along (or request) supplies for specific activities.
Guardian Angels is working with churches of all faiths throughout the area to provide support and volunteers. If your congregation is interested in volunteering please contact Mike Fouts or (651) 503-3380.
All volunteers must complete a "Safe Church" training, such as VIRTUS, and a Background Check, you may print off forms here: (to print off, fill out, and bring in to church for processing)