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HOSTING FAITH COMMUNITIES
These volunteers interact with the children and parents at the host facility, allowing the families to spend the night within the Host facility. The Host’s volunteer is given a private sleeping room with a bed or air mattress. The volunteers might play various roles, including providing meals and spending time with and mentoring the young families in the evening.
SUPPORTING FAITH COMMUNITIES
These volunteers interact with the children and parents at their companion host facility. The supporting volunteers are responsible for meals, staying the night at their companions’ host facility and spend time with the our young families.
Entertaining in the evenings and mentoring where possible.
Other volunteer opportunities might include assistance with processing and arranging donations. We can also use assistance from professionals in all areas of life skill development. From time to time, we may have an open chair on our Board of Directors.
If you’re interested, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What facilities do host congregations need to have for guests?
Facilities must include a lounge area (with sofa, chairs, tables, TV), a dining area, a kitchen, bathrooms, and sleeping accommodations. Ideally, congregations provide a separate room, such as a classroom, for each family. If that isn’t possible, a fellowship hall or other large room can be divided by partitions to provide privacy.
What roles do volunteers have at the host and support congregations?
- Dinner Preparers
Dinner is a hot meal prepared at volunteers’ homes or in the congregation’s kitchen. It is served at about 5:30pm. Cooking dinner is a good opportunity for congregational groups-such as Bible study, women’s circles, men’s groups, and couples’ groups-to get involved with the program.
- Dinner and Evening Hosts
These volunteers may be part of the dinner preparation ream or may arrive to eat with guests. Dinner hosts socialize with guests, welcome new comers, and assist parents with children’s needs. Dinner is informal. After dinner, hosts may conduct children’s activities, help with homework, or assist a guest with a particular need.
- Overnight Hosts
One or two hosts spend the night at the host congregation. Overnight hosts spend time with the guests, help older children with homework, and are available in case of emergency.
What are the expectations of the host congregation?
Host congregations provide children and their families, a maximum of three families or 14 people, with evening and weekend shelter and meals. The families remain at the host facility from 5pm-7am Monday through Friday, all day on Saturday, and Sunday is moving day. Families stay with each host congregation for one week, Sunday to Sunday, once every 11 weeks. The congregation provides volunteers to stay with the families during this time, they also provide dinners Monday through Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
When is the Day Center open?
The Day Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm.
How else can I volunteer?
- Supplies: Volunteers either purchase (using funds form the congregational budget) or coordinate donations of food staples, paper products, cleaning supplies, and other needed items.
- Activities: The congregation supplies items for activities such as arts and crafts.
- Laundry: Each host week, one or two volunteers wash the guests’ and overnight hosts towels and sheets.
- Setup and Takedown: Volunteer teams assist the families in setting up the accommodations on Sunday afternoon and help take down the beds the following Sunday.
- Day Center: Volunteers are invaluable additions to the program day center. In addition to providing coverage when the program staff is out, they help guests and the program staff with many daily activities.
Make a Difference
Your support through volunteering and donations is what allows Family Promise of Cheyenne to continue providing care for children and their families experiencing homelessness in our community.
2950 Spruce Drive (basement), Cheyenne, WY 82001
Tel: (307) 772-8770
Fax: (307) 772-3430