a community-first response to the needs of the people, including poverty, & ending homelessness in WSNC
Augsburg Lutheran Church
“Gracious God, bless our cities and make them places of safety for all people, rich and poor. Give us grace to work for cities where neighborhoods remain vibrant and whole, where the lost and forgotten in society are supported, and where the arts flourish. Make the diverse fabric of the city a delight to all who live and visit there and a strong bond uniting people around common goals for the good of all; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen” -Evangelical Lutheran Worship (our hymnal), p. 78.
The Gospel calls us into action. Augsburg is blessed with stability, and has been for over 100 years. Core to the mission of Augsburg is the mission of every heart to serve our community and the world. Each week in Worship we pray the words, “Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We pray these words that we may become co-creators with God to build a brighter future. (from http://www.augsburglutheran-ws.org/serving-others/)
Goodie Bags Volunteer
Drop off in the church office before 4:30 p.m.; FLC 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Food for 23
Preparing “goodie bags” is a popular volunteer option for parents, churches, and organizations wishing to involve both younger and older volunteers. These can be dropped off with the church office before 4:30 p.m. or at the Family Life Center between the hours 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. and should be labeled with the date. Please specify if the sandwiches need to be refrigerated.
These will be distributed as guests are departing the following morning and are often eaten for breakfast or lunch.
Suggestions: Sandwich, chips small sweet snack, fresh fruit, applesauce, soft granola bars, bottle of water. Please remember that many of our guests do not have regular access to dental care or medical care and may have difficulty eating hard fruits and more sugary items.
Meal Volunteer 7:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Food for 30
Please arrive by 7:15 p.m. ready to set up your meal. You may drop off at the portico entrance of the Family Life Center. Our neighbors check-in at a different location but usually arrive by 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the latest. Provide an entree, side dish(es), and dessert (optional but very much appreciated). Water will be available to drink. You may bring other types of beverage if you like. Please provide the plates, napkins, cups and utensils your meal needs for serving. Please feel free to stay and enjoy fellowship with our guests after dinner until ‘lights out’. This task is more fun and affordable when a team works together. Children under 18 years of age may participate when accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no bathroom facilities available to children under 18 yrs. of age once guests arrive and they must stay within the dining area and may not be in the sleeping, lounging, or bathroom areas of the facility. Tips: Protein is expensive to buy on the street but important to our diet so please make sure that any meatless entree contains an alternate form of protein. Often times firm fruits or vegetables are hard on teeth that receive little or no dental care.
Overnight Volunteer 7:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m 2 per night
Overnight volunteers arrive by 7:30 p.m. and will assist with check-in once guests arrive. Each night there should be 2 overnight volunteers and they are expected to stay until 6:30 a.m. During the night, volunteers may alternate sleeping shifts. One volunteer will stay awake with the monitor on duty and the other can rest utilizing a safe and separate room. There is wi-fi onsight for work or your leisure. In the morning volunteers will assist with clean-up and helping the guests check-out.
Partial Overnight Shift
(Sunday-Wednesday) 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Overnight volunteers arrive by 7:30 p.m. and will assist with check-in once guests arrive. This volunteer will remain awake and may leave at 12:30 a.m. There is wi-fi onsight for work or your leisure.
Check-in Volunteer 7:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 3 per night
These volunteers should arrive by 7:15 and begin preparing for check-in by preparing coffee, pulling bins and laying out mats. They will assist with the check-in process as needed and will also act as extra eyes and hands to ensure a welcoming and safe environment during the busy time when guests are being checked-in and eating. Volunteers will assist the guests while swapping their personal effects for their bedding located within bins. Some of the bins may weigh 50lbs. Two (2) volunteers will be in the room with the bins and one (1) will remain with the guests in the lobby as check-in progresses.
Homeless Training Video
Many of our volunteers requested training on interacting with the homeless, so we’ve included this video as a part of our training. Please take time to at least watch the video until the 10m30s mark on engaging our guests before volunteering!
Thank you for taking the time to watch the video until the 10min 30sec mark on mental health, and we are grateful for your compassionate service.