Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
By the Numbers
Hope for the Journey Home has had the privilege of serving 121 families since opening in September of 2012. The families have consisted of 404 peopl (255 children and 149 adults). The length of stays have ranged from 1 to 124 days, with an average of 36 and a median of 27 days. Our monthly occupancy rates have been from a low of 26% to a high of 97%, with an average of 67%, and the ages of our guests have ranged from 2 months to 61 years. In 2014 alone, over 600 volunteers served approximately 1,500 shifts at the shelter (accounting for more than 10,500 hours!). Also in 2014, we served over 8,500 meals and 1,300 snacks.
Please view the calendars linked below to see if there are any shifts that you might be able to fill.
April 26 - May 2 (Overnights: Fri)
May 3 - 9 (Overnight: Mon, Thurs & Sat. Dinner: Sat. Afternoon: Thurs, Fri, & Sat.)
May 24 - May 30 (This is our next "All Call" week, and all shifts are currently available)
June 7 - 13 (All Call - all shifts available)
June 21 - 27 (All Call - All shifts available)
June 28 - July 4 (All Call - all shifts available)
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)