project home

 
 Image courtesy of the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

Image courtesy of the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

 

The Bible offers encouragement that offering hospitality can be a holy experience.  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

Once again, Central is preparing to host Project Home this fall.  For too many families of Ramsey County, the conditions of homelessness are the real and bad news in their lives.  During the month of November, we will serve as a homeless shelter, offering hospitality, compassion, and hope. 

Most of our guests will be with us for the entire month of November.  Both volunteers and guests report that familiarity and consistency lead to better experiences.  So this year you might consider signing up for consecutive shifts or the same time slot each week.  But we are grateful for all volunteers, whether you can sign up for one shift or more. Those who sign up will receive an email with updated instructions and information as your shift approaches.

Each night during this month long program, we seek help from host volunteers in two areas of help.

OVERNIGHT HOSTS - MANY HELPERS STILL NEEDED               
The work shift is from 8:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (weekdays) or 9:30 a.m. (weekends).  Overnight hosts are there as families settle in for the night, then go and sleep in their own private room. (Beds are provided; you simply bring your own sleeping bag or blankets and pillow). In the morning our overnight hosts prepare a light breakfast (and clean it up) and assist the Project Home staffers in seeing families off for school, work, or other activities.  Your presence is primarily to answer any questions that may come up during the night.  However, most families will be with Central for the entire month and will know the routine.

 EVENING HOSTS             
The work shift is from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  The evening hosts meet up with Project Home staff members to welcome and assist our guests, read and play with children, converse with parents, and serve snacks. 

Want to Volunteer? 

Sign up today to serve as an evening or overnight host.  We maintain an online schedule for volunteer sign ups.  To see the schedule and to reserve a position, simply click on the button below.

 
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
 

To really get the most out of the experience for yourself, and to truly become a friendly and trusted host to our guests, consider signing up for multiple shifts.  If you have any questions about the positions, schedule or signing up, please contact Anna Sanchez at office@cpcstpaul.org or call (651) 224-4728 ext. 100.

Save the Date 

We are planning to do our own orientation on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central dining room, and we hope that you, as experienced volunteers, can share your insights with rookies – and get any questions you have answered.