Host and Support Descriptions
Host congregations are typically communities with ample room for accommodating overnight guests. These ministries provide the needed shelter and meal service facilities for our guests. Some also have on-site showers and laundry services although they are not necessary to qualify as a host site. During each week of hospitality, guest families are hosted by their church family from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM each day.
- assisting with setup and tearing down of program “guest rooms” at the beginning and ending of the host week (beds are supplied by Family Promise)
- providing volunteers to act as overnight hosts each night of the guests’ accommodations
- providing and preparing an evening meal and assisting with breakfast and lunch preparations if needed
- and most importantly, being supportive and receptive to our guests’ needs and feelings
Support congregations are typically smaller in size and lacking the space and resources to act as host. They help host congregations by providing supplemental resources, which mainly consist of overnight hosts and nightly meals. Otherwise, the basic responsibilities are consistent with host congregations. During each week of hospitality, guest families are hosted by their church family from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM each day. See the host description above for a summary of responsibilities.
Volunteer Orientation is available to congregations upon request. Volunteers will learn more about situational poverty and best practices for providing a clean, safe environment free of judgment or prying questions. Open hearts and open minds are the most important things a volunteer can bring to this service.