St. B’s volunteers host 12 carefully screened homeless guests every Saturday evening through early Sunday morning from November 1 through March 31. Various helpers are needed to:
- team up with other volunteers to purchase and prepare a hot dinner plus sack lunches for Sunday
- Host the guests overnight by sleeping at St. B’s. Hosts usually drive the church vans to and from the Campus for Human Development downtown to pick up and take back our guests.
- distribute JeSU items
- provide breakfast foods for the overnight hosts to serve (do not have to be present to serve)
- do 3 - 4 loads of laundry (St. B's linens and towels) each week.
Volunteers may choose to help with one or all of these tasks. Males and females are equally encouraged to volunteer with each of the tasks. Families are invited to sign up together as well.
Saturday Suggested Timeline
5:45 pm Volunteers arrive to set up and cook
6:10 pm Drivers depart for RITI
7:00 pm Guests arrive and set up bedding in gym
7:10 pm Blessing over dinner, dinner is served, welcome, and rules discussed, etc
8:15 pm Cleanup is complete, JESU items have been distributed
8:30 pm Lights out (or whenever seems right)
10:00 pm Parish Hall closes so that overnight volunteers can get some sleep
note: schedule may need to change if a guest needs to be downtown earlier
5:45 am Overnight volunteers awaken and START THE COFFEE
6:00 am Awaken guests and solicit assistance with gym cleanup
6:10 am Breakfast "to go" available
6:30 am Cleanup and load vans forreturn trip to downtown
6:50 am Arrival at RITI in time for guests to draw tickets for next night
Other frequently asked questions can be downloaded from this site. If you have specific questions please contact Jim Pichert or Matt Poag directly at [email protected]
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church