Hope for the Journey Home Donation
Hope for the Journey Home
- Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 22:41
GIVE TO THE MAX UPDATE
Final totals for this year's Give to the Max Day show that you raised $7,000 for Hope for the Journey Home.
We are on pace for a 97% occupancy rate for the month of November. This is 6% higher than the previous mark, set in November of 2012. Based upon what we are seeing and hearing at this time, we expect to be near capacity through the end of the year. Please keep all struggling families in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.
Thank you to MySignUp.com, our volunteer scheduling site, for granting us one year's worth of ad-free signups (a savings of almost $200)! If you are looking for an easy to use online sign-up utility, please consider supporting this small, family-owned business. I would be happy to send you the user guides I have created for it and answer any questions you may have.
A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.
We need YOUR help for our Holiday "All Call" Weeks...
Because it is difficult for cooperating churches to fill shifts during holiday weeks, we are reliant upon YOU to help fill these. Please see the links to our holiday calendars below, and consider sharing some of your time with us.
Please use the links below to view our current needs (links may take a few minutes to load).
Christmas Week will be an "All Call" week, click here to sign up for a shift: December 22 - 28
New Year's Week will be an "All Call" week, click here to sign up for a shift: December 29 - Jan 4
January volunteer needs: January 5 - 11
Current SUPPLY NEEDS: None currently needed
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In September 2012, the parish house became overnight transitional housing for homeless families. These families are from our Washington County area, as well as suburban Ramsey County.
Since March, 2011, St Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi has served families from Washington and suburban Ramsey counties who are experiencing homelessness. Spending their days at the church’s Community Resource Center seeking jobs and permanent housing, the families have been put up in a motel from after school hours until the last buses take the children off to school the following morning. At intake, the families are screened by professionals including a background check for domestic abuse or other criminal history.
The vacant parish rectory at Guardian Angels has supplemented the motel as the late afternoon and overnight shelter. The shelter opened on Labor Day of 2012 and has seen significant use ever since, with an average occupancy rate of over 70%. The shelter has bedrooms for up to seven families plus the overnight volunteers. It is staffed by volunteers from the area churches using the Project Home model.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (651) 503-3380. If you are an individual interested in volunteering, please contact Gary Gullikson (see job descriptions of the positions in the left bar of this page)
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)