Bethlehem - Minneapolis Campus - Families Moving Forward

Lead Roles, Coordinators and Hosts

For families experiencing homelessness, the Families Moving Forward (FMF) program offers hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to home with support for stability.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be hosting up to four families at the Minneapolis campus December 22 - January 5.  Yup! We are hosting during the busy weeks around Christmas and New Years – an opportunity to live up to our namesake (Bethlehem providing shelter to those who need it around the time of Jesus’ birth). Please plan to join in making this outreach effort a huge success!

Looking for Leaders to Help Coordinate 

Volunteers are needed now to help with planning and gathering supplies and to guide the many volunteers during the hosting period. Please select one or more ways you'd like to participate!

If you have questions about the roles described below, or other ways to help, please contact Steph Smith ([email protected]), Cathy McCarron ([email protected]) or Amy Hasbargen ([email protected]). 

Thank you!

Created by:   Amy Hasbargen
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Supplies Coordinators (4)

Ensure the church has necessary supplies available, coordinate with Minnetonka campus to share materials and acquire items to equip family living spaces and evening host sleeping areas (air mattresses, bedding, cribs, towels, lamps, night lights, etc.)

All slots filled
Trina Berg
Amy Hasbargen
Caroline Cochran
Shari Anderson

Quilt Coordinator

Coordinate with Bethlehem quilting group to acquire quilts for the families and overnight hosts to use during their stay

Becca Totzke

Holiday Coordinators (2)

Acquire Christmas and seasonal decorations and gifts for families, wrap gifts or provide wapping materials if parents want to wrap the gifts themselves for their kids

1 of 2 slots filled
Sarah Kennedy

Set-Up and Take-Down Coordinator

Work with other leads and coordinators to gather items, set-up rooms for guests and evening hosts, and take-down and move to storage when the families depart

Jane Terpstra

Food/Meals Coordinator

Work with volunteers to plan meals that meet families' dietary needs (provide meal guidance based on FMF guidelines and help ensure variety), acquire snacks and food for lunches on days families are at the program center

Shannon Lyndsley

Breakfast Host (2)

Manage breakfast volunteers on Saturdays (December 28 & January 4) when families are picked up later and holidays (December 24, 25 and January 1) when families spend the day at the church

All slots filled
Mary Alette Davis
Sonja Somdahl

Lunch Host (2)

On days when families stay at the church all day (December 24, 25 and January 1), coordinate with activities hosts and other volunteers to organize and serve lunches

All slots filled
Catherine Fuller
Mindy Mennicke

Activities Coordinator (2)

Plan activities for youth and adults (evenings plus daytime activities/outings when families stay at the church all day)

All slots filled
Sarah Mitchell
Rebecca Totzke

Evening Host Lead (2)

Plan and coordinate with hosts, dinner and activities leads and volunteers to ensure a consistent evening experience for guests

All slots filled
Cathy McCarron
Julie McChesney

Overnight Host Leads (2)

Plan and coordinate with overnight volunteers to ensure a consistent experience for guests, including putting out self-serve breakfast items for guests in the morning. Overnight volunteers will be subject to a background check conducted by the church.

All slots filled
Jason LaFrenz
Lisa Sheppard Pearson

Backup Hosts (2)

Be on call to fill in if a host is ill and can't fill their shift. This position will be subject to a background check conducted by the church.

1 of 2 slots filled
Chris Moench

Emergency Hosts (2)

Be on call to help in case there is an emergency and extra hands are needed. This position will be subject to a background check conducted by the church.

All slots filled
Lisa Johnson
in town except 12/28 - 1/1
Linh Stoebner
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