January 2018 Update
By the time you receive the January issue of the Community, we will be with our families at our December 31-January 7 host week. We normally would look forward to serving another set of guests in about 3 months, but the congregational shelter ministry of The Road Home is coming to an end. A big reason for this change is that more long term housing is being created for previously homeless families. The Road Home is focusing its resources on this effort. Our congregation already participates in one aspect of this work with our house on Wakefield Street, through the Second Chance Project of The Road Home.
In Thanksgiving January 7 - Worship & Reception
In worship we will recognize and give thanks for everyone who has ever volunteered with The Road Home here at Midvale. During the Hospitality Hour, from 9:00-10:30am we will have a reception to thank all of the volunteers. Please join us!
We will take our serving to our families instead in the future. One thing congregations are being asked to do is to conduct a “Wish List Drive.” How would this work? In April, we will check with Road Home to see what they need for their families in housing. Our drive will focus on what is most needed at that time and we will keep you posted.
In the future we may be asked to provide care for kids in the evenings when their parents are at classes and meetings. We may assemble a group of cooks to create freezer meals that could be distributed to families in need of extra help with cooking. We may help with Road Home’s after school programs.
No matter what, we pray that God uses our gifts and talents to help these families move along the path to stable housing and independence. As we begin a new year, let’s join together to lend our hands in new ways to our sisters and brothers who need us.
God’s Peace to all of you who have been so willing to help in the past.
The Road Home is an interfaith hospitality program that provides housing for homeless families in transition to permanent housing. Four times per year our church hosts homeless families in transition to permanent housing. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, give rides, do laundry, serve as hosts, and assist guests as needed. Help is also needed for loading and unloading folding beds and families’ belongings on Sunday mornings, doing laundry, setting up rooms, giving rides, and at the end of the week doing a final clean up. Sign up for a volunteer position online or in the gathering space.
About every two weeks, The Road Home offers training sessions for volunteers. They only last 59 minutes (the Home for Families Tour). They would like all volunteers with guest interaction to be trained. It’s a great way to learn more about the program and would be beneficial for all volunteers though. Check out a convenient day for training on their home page at www.trhome.org.
A donation wish list for basic needs and furniture can be found at http://trhome.org/wish-list.php.
Time: On the first Sunday of our host week.
Unload cots and guests’ belongings and deliver to their room in the lower level of education room.
Set up each room with a fan, lamp, alarm clock, and bedding.
Time: Between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on your assigned day.
Prepare food ahead of time and deliver to church.
Time: 6 a.m. until the guests leave, 7:30 a.m. on Sat.
Set out breakfast foods and dishes.
Clean up after breakfast.
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Set the tables.
Warm food as needed.
Set up buffet line.
Eat with the guests.
Clean dishes, kitchen and dining room.
Interact/play with the guests/children until 8:00 pm
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (8:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Fri. night)
Bring your own sleeping bag, sheets, pillow.
Introduce yourself to guests.
Play/interact with guests/children, read, watch TV.
Sleep in your own assigned room.
Wake the guests at 6:00 before you leave.
Time: Varies. Between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. on the last Sunday.
Move all the cots and belongings up to the first floor - outside if weather permits.
Load the van when it comes, usually around 9:30 a.m.
Put away fan, lamp, alarm clock from each room.
Place dirty laundry in the library.
Time: Before 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday and throughout the week.
Shop from the list that you will be provided.
Fill out a reimbursement form. Submit to the office.
During the week, pick up food items as needed.
Time: Any time after 10:00 a.m. on the second Sunday during host week, and before the next session!
Pick up laundry in library.
Return folded laundry to the linen cabinet in the Resource Room.
Time: You will be contacted.
A guest needs a ride going to or coming from work or a class.
Times and days differ each host week.