Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
Give to the Max - Our biggest fundraising day of the year!!!
Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place.
That initial spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition. Every year thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans, and we are pleased to be one of them!
Last year, we set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 on this day. As you may recall, the incredible response of people trying to contribute to their favorite causes led to webpage slowdowns and crashes, yet you still supported us to the tune of $8000!
This year, we have maintained that “magic” $10,000 number as our goal. We have created levels of giving that correspond to costs associated with our ministry:
$10 provides one week’s worth of kitchen/household needs
$25 allows a guest to take their bed set (comforter, sheets, pillowcases) when they leave
$80 covers one week of transportation expenses for the families
$130 provides food for all of our guests for one week
Please consider Hope for the Journey Home in your end of year giving plans and help us reach the elusive $10,000 mark! More details will be posted here soon, or you may contact Mike Fouts (mfouts@guardian-angels, 651-503-3380) to learn how you can participate.
Please conmsider signing up early for holiday week shifts!
Thanksgiving Week (Most shifts available)
Christmas Week (Most shifts available)
Current SUPPLY NEEDS: (Liquid Laundry Detergent, Twin size Memory Foam mattress)
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)