Beginning January 31, 2020, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church will host Project Home, a program of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. We’ll provide emergency shelter space and volunteer support for families facing homelessness in Ramsey County. Project Home is hosted at two different area faith communities each month and provides 20 emergency shelter beds at each host site.
Project Home is almost completely run by volunteers. As a parish, we are combining our efforts with those of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church and our companion parish, Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. We are asking the members of these congregations to band together and volunteer their time to help us provide an invaluable service to families in need.
Each night we need 2 Evening Shelter Hosts:
Volunteer from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Main responsibilities include greeting shelter guests, serving a healthy evening snack, playing and reading with teens and children, conversing with guests, and orienting the overnight shelter hosts. Evening_Host_Job_Description
Each night we need 2 Overnight Shelter Hosts:
Volunteer from 8pm to 7:30am on weekdays and until 9:30am on weekends. Main responsibilities include playing and reading with teens and children, conversing with guests, securing the facility before bedtime, waking up guests, serving a light breakfast, and securing the facility after guests have left for the day. Overnight_Host_Job_Description
On Move Day mornings (Jan. 31) we need 6 volunteers:
Project Home moves from site to site the beginning and end of the month. It’s a big job and we could use some help! Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, clean, pack/unpack, and move supplies and beds on and off the moving truck. Volunteers are needed between 9am-noon. Check the signup schedule for specific times. Groups welcome!
Our local newspaper The Villager recently profiled Project Home and the Project Home Day Center in it’s December 18-January 7 edition. Click here to read The Villager’s full article titled “Homeless Families Find a Room at the Interfaith Inn,” and learn more about this important and impactful program.
We have been blessed with a beautiful place to worship, a loving and spiritual congregation, and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a few during the month of February. To learn more about volunteering with Project Home at St. John’s, please contact Holly and Don Weinkauf (651-724-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Rev. Margaret Thor (651-631-8308 or email@example.com). We will also be available on Sundays after church.