In September, Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 1523 Fairmount Avenue in St. Paul, will be hosting Project Home, a program of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. During this month, we 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 up to 20 emergency shelter beds at each host site. Most of our guests are children.
Project Home is almost completely run by volunteers. We encourage you to sign up and serve as Evening or Overnight Host to provide hospitality to these families in need. We can’t do this vital work without you!
Evening Shelter Hosts help from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Main responsibilities include greeting shelter guests, preparing and serving a healthy evening snack (items provided), playing and reading with teens and children, conversing with guests, and orienting the overnight shelter hosts.
Overnight Shelter Hosts help from 8pm to 7:00am on weekdays and until 9:00am on weekends (and holidays). Main responsibilities include playing and reading with teens and children, conversing with guests, securing the facility before bedtime, waking up guests, preparing and serving a light breakfast (items provided), and securing the facility after guests have left for the day.
Detailed evening and overnight volunteer job descriptions and a volunteer training slide show can be found HERE.
*Special note: Project Home families can earn three weekend passes each month by meeting their budgeting & savings goals, and working on their housing plan. If you volunteer for a Friday or Saturday night we may have fewer guests than normal. You will be reached by phone and/or email on the afternoon of your shift with an update on the number of guests we expect that night.
For more information, please reach out to Sara Liegl, Project Home Director, at [email protected].