Hope for the Journey Home Donation
Hope for the Journey Home
- Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 22:36
2nd Annual To Run for Hope Walk/Run
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the To Run for Hope fundraiser will not be happening this year.
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 Minneapolis StarTribune ran an article in the East Metro edition of April 12's paper. You may read that article by clicking HERE.
Mardi Gras Fun(draiser)
Thanks to you, over 150 admission tickets were sold for our Mardi Gras Fun(draiser)! A wonderful time seems to have been had by all who attended, and we had several inquiries as to whether we have plans for similar events in the future! It is too early for a definitive answer to that question, but the positive feedback is very encouraging.
We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the following sponsors of the event. Without them, the evening would not have been possible:
Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Angelina's Kitchen, Aqua Vitae Wine and Spirits
Beerploma.com, Bent Brewstillery, Boom Island Brewing Co, Brau Brothers
Cannon River Winery, Chopped Liver
Dixie's on Grand, Dorothy Ann Bakery
Flat Earth, Hill Murray Jazz Band, Indeed Brewing,
Mojo Monkey, North Folk Winery, Platinum Bank,
Ray J's, Roger Stratton & friends, Sam's Club
Terry & Fran Metelak, Third Street Brewhouse, Tuned Beer,
Valley Vineyard, Walker West Dixieland Band
Walt's Wine and Spirits, Wild Mountain Winery, Wolf Brewing
A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.
VOLUNTEER NEEDS (links may take a few minutes to load).
Holy Week: April 13 - 19 (Dinner shift Sat, Afternoon shift Sun & Tues)
Easter Week: April 20 - 26 (Easter day ALL shifts needed, Overnight shift Tues & Sat)
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)