Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
Homer to Home Updates
Thank you to Deacon Mick Humbert for all of the work put into his fundraising bike ride from Homer, Alaska to home. While he was unable to complete the entire ride, due to mounting injuries and less than ideal conditions, we are pleased to announce that he was able to pass the 1,000 mile mark. Stay tuned for details on who has won the 5 prizes associated with this effort!.
You may click HERE to see the Catholic Spirit's article on Deacon Mick Humbert's commitment to this effort (Page 24).
RAISE THE ROOF!
The Parish Pastoral Council at Guardian Angels Church has agreed to a proposal to expand our space!!!
The current 3-car garage will be replaced with a large community room that will open onto our beautiful back yard. Fitted with 3 large bay windows on the south and two smaller windows on the west, the families that stay with us will be able to enjoy a bright, cheery living space. This expansion will significantly increase the amount of common area available to the families, allowing them to spread out.
Funding is currently being pursued, and we expect to have the cooperation of some major corporate partners. However, there is also a great way for you to help!
First Christian Church of St. Paul, one of our 30+ cooperating churches, will be hosting an evening of romantic, classical music on Wednesday, July 23 from 7 - 9 PM at their church in Mahtomedi, MN (650 Wildwood Road). Join us for an evening of piano and violin magic, compliments of Luke Swanger and Zach Peterson. You will be treated to some incredible works by Cesar Franck (Sonata for Violin & Piano in A Major), Johannes Brahms (Sonata for Violin & Piano in G Major Op. 78), and Jean Sibelius (Violin Concerto in D Minor Op. 47).
Free-will offerings will be accepted, with all proceeds going toward our new living space.
This week: July 13 - 19 (Overnights: Friday)
Next week: July 20 - 26 (Overnights: Mon, Wed & Thurs. Dinners: Sun, Fri & Sat. Afternoons: Mon - Sat.)
Upcoming weeks: July 27 - Aug 2 (Overnights: Thurs & Fri. Dinners: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. Afternoons: Wed - Sat.). Aug 3 - 9 (Overnights: All EXCEPT Thurs. Dinners: Fri & Sat. Afternoons: Sun, Fri & Sat.).
Upcoming "All Call" weeks: Aug 24 - 30 (Most shifts still open)
Current SUPPLY NEEDS: (Liquid Laundry Detergent, Sunblock, Suntan Lotion, Commercial grade outdoor playset, Twin size Memory Foam mattress)
The Stillwater Gazette is running a 3-part series on the issue of homelessness within Washington County. You may read the first part in the series by clicking HERE.
The second part of the series is now available HERE.
The third, and final, installment of the Stillwater Gazette's series on homelessness in Washington County is HERE.
Thank you to Avery Cropp and Jonathan Young for their part in tackling this issue!
The Minneapolis StarTribune ran an article in the East Metro edition of April 12's paper. You may read that article by clicking HERE.
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 Background Check, you may print off forms here: (to print off, fill out, and bring in to church for processing)