Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
On Saturday, February 28, Guardian Angels hosted an evening of drinks, dinner, and special entertainment featuring comedian & ventriloquist, James Wedgwood. More than 100 people attended and were treated to an incredible dinner (compliments of Sole Mio Italian Ristorante, Angelina's Kitchen, and the Mpls Chef's Chapter of the American Culinary Federation) and uproarious entertainment from James Wedgwood. Thanks to all of those in attendance and those who contributed but were unable to make it, over $7,000 was raised to support St. Andrews new Rental Subsidy Program that will provide that little extra "boost" needed to get into their new homes. Based on projections, this is enough to support two additional families for one year in this program!
With thanks to Peg and Jane, you may view a video summary of the evening by clicking HERE.
Finally, congratulations to all of our door prize and raffle winners, as well:
Punch Pizza: Barb Prokop, Brendan Shirtz
Famous Dave's: Tony Peterson
Kowalski's: Ralph Kuehn
Olive Garden: Sandy Furlong
Applebees: Charlie Prokop
Machine Shed: Dave Elton
1 WEEK STAY in BRANSON, MO: JOAN JORDAN
Join us for a Tour
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to have to ask for help? Join us for a tour of the St. Andrews Community Resource Centerand travel the journey from shelter to home on Sunday, April 19 from 11 AM - 1 PM. See what guests might experience having to enter into emergency shelter. Start at the St. Andrews CRC in the Great Hall building (900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115), inside door 6. Hear about what has been happening at the Resource Center before departing on a bus tour (or you can drive down) of Hope for the Journey Home (8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55125). Snacks and refreshments will be provided. No registration required, though we would appreciate knowing in advance if you plan to attend. Question? Please contact Beth Smith (651-762-9148, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Corporate Thank You
Aqua Vitae Wines and Spirits (Woodbury)
Please view the calendars linked below to see if there are any shifts that you might be able to fill.
March 29 - April 4 (Overnights: Sun, Thurs & Sat. Dinners: Tues, Wed & Fri)
April 5 - 11 (Overnights: Wed, Fri & Sat. Dinners: Easter Sunday & Fri)
April 12 - 18 (Overnights: Tues & 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)