A Low Barrier Shelter meeting the Emergency Overflow Shelter needs of Women
Food for 25 (feeds 20 guests and 5 volunteers)
Provide a full dinner for 25 at 7:00pm (you will have time to set up as our guests arrive around 7:25). This task is much more enjoyable and economical if you work with others (ex: a Sunday School Class or a Book Club). Please park at the Drake Hall Kitchen door for easy access and a Facility Greeter will meet you there for a brief tour and to make sure you have everything you need. Entree, sides, bread, and dessert are all appreciated. Please feel free to stay and enjoy fellowship with our guests after dinner until ‘lights out’. You must be at least 18 years of age to serve at the shelter. Meal preparation offsite is a wonderful way to involve youth. Helpful Hints: Protein is expensive to purchase on the street for our guests and is very much appreciated. Our guests often have limited or zero access to regular dental care and as such hard fruits and vegetables are often difficult for them to eat.
7:00pm – 6:30am
2 per night
Overnight volunteers arrive at 7:00 pm for a brief tour and training, help with check in once guests arrive, eat dinner, and choose a sleeping shift. Each night there should be 2 overnight volunteers and they are expected to stay until 6:30 am, helping the guests check-out. During the night, one volunteer will stay awake with the monitor on duty and the volunteers can alternate shifts, utilizing a safe and separate room to get rest. There is wifi on sight for work or leisure. Couches are available, please bring your own bedding. coffee available all night. You must be 18 years old to serve in this ministry
2-4 per night
Check-in volunteers arrive at 7:00 for a brief tour and training. tasks include pulling bins, laying out mats (some of the bins will be heavy), and offering hospitality (ex: toiletries). They will assist with the check-in process as needed, but 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. You will have an opportunity to eat dinner. You must be at least 18 years old to serve in this ministry.
Goodie Bags Volunteer
Drop off at the Drake Hall Kitchen between 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Prepare for 25 Guests
Preparing “goodie bags” is a popular volunteer option for children, adults, churches, and organizations wishing to involve both younger and older volunteers. Refrigeration is available. Plastic ziplock or paper bags are fine. These will be distributed as guests depart the following morning.
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.
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.