Host Site

VOLUNTEERS OF ALL FAITHS CHANGING LIVES

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with a grab and go breakfast followed by going back to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.

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HOST SITES

Local churches, group spaces, or homes provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host site has a team of volunteers may be involved with the following:

 

  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the space

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms

MANAGEABLE COMMITMENT

  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants

 

  • A Family Promise guests transport themselves to and from the host facility.

  • The trailer carries their beds  to each new host location

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SUPPORT TEAMS

If your group is unable to physically host families for a week due to space or another reason, consider becoming a support team. In this role:

 

  • Support the host by filling in the volunteer gaps

  • Perform the same tasks as the host but at their location

  • Assist with contributions or food

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We need your help! Can your group become a host or support team?

For more information contact us at 609-994-3317

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