Beginning Saturday, February 1, 2014, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church will provide homeless individuals and their family members with: a place to sleep, some snacks, and hosts with compassion for their present situation. As a Parish, we are combining our efforts with those of St. Clements 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 those greatly in need.
We will need four volunteers each day to provide these services. The first two volunteers will volunteer from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm and help welcome our guests as they return from dinner and a day’s work, training, or daycare. Duties may include preparing a healthy evening snack, tiding up the kitchen facilities and eating area after use, engaging children and youth in activities such as reading, homework, games, videos, or lending a sympathetic ear to those struggling with homelessness. Full position description: Evening_Host_Job_Description.
Overnight volunteers will arrive at 8:00 pm, greet families, and secure the building for guests to go to sleep. Guidelines for bedtime are around 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 pm on weekends. Overnight volunteers will sleep at the church and wake families around 6:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends. Full position description: Overnight_Host_Job_Description.
Project Home will provide breakfast items when available. Donations are always appreciated. Overnight volunteers should tidy the kitchen and have our guests ready to be picked up at 6:30 am on weekdays and 8:30 am on weekends. Each volunteer will be given information on responsibilities and Project Home will provide training in January for those who request training. In addition we will need volunteers on the morning of February 1 to help set up and organize sleeping arrangements for those people staying with us. In total we need more than 125 people to serve in the name of Jesus Christ during the month of February. Please be one of them!
Bring your children or grandchildren. Partner with hosts from our companion parish, Holy Apostles or St. Clements. This exposure can be an invaluable lesson to many who take housing and food for granted and give each of us an opportunity to show compassion for people who are facing a very difficult time. Most importantly, support us in providing a caring, respectful and friendly place for those who are struggling to make it in a time of high unemployment during an economic downturn.
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, please contact Gary Hagstrom 651-492-2969 or John Edgerton 651-214-0947. We will also be available on Sundays after church. To sign up click on the link below.