Family Promise Volunteer Information

Family Promise Volunteer Information

Family Promise’s mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

We here at Countryside can do our part by providing food, shelter, and support for these homeless families. We’ve committed to caring for up to 4 families for one week, right upstairs in our church! This, combined with similar support from 13 other area churches and organizations will help ensure these families can stay together and break the cycle of homelessness.

Volunteers play an essential role in helping our guests by sharing time and meals with children and their families, offering them community and support as they work towards sustainable independence.

Volunteer Roles include:

    • ROOM DESIGN TEAM:  This team is responsible for designing a ‘Home Like” layout for the guest families.  This team will develop a layout that will be used by the setup team.  This team will make recommendations to the lead Volunteer Coordinators for materials that need to be purchased or donated to complete the design
    • SETUP TEAM:  The setup team removes the mattress bed pads from the trailer and takes them to the rooms upstairs.  They position the beds and prepare the rooms for the families arriving that evening.  This team works on the beginning Sunday of the host week, starting about 2 PM in the afternoon.  When this team is complete the rooms should be ready for occupancy.               
    • MEAL PREP:  The volunteers in this position prepare meals for the host families.  We will have a maximum of 4 families consisting of no more than 14 people.  The families will have adults and children.  The exact number will be known by Wednesday the week before the host week.  This position is perfect for a group of people (bible study groups, home small groups…) to work together on one meal.  3 to 4 people should collaborate with each dinner.Meals need to be served Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  We are responsible for providing Dinner, a light “continental” style breakfast, and materials for a sack lunch.  Meals need to be delivered to the church no later than 6 PM each day.Simple meals are better.  “meat and potatoes” and “chicken and rice” type of meals work well.  Spaghetti and meatballs are popular, especially with the kids.  Have lots of fresh fruit available.

More elaborate Saturday breakfasts are welcome, such as pancakes, sausage, French toast..etc.

The volunteers in this group will work with the Meal Coordinator who will schedule the meals and work with the meal providers on menus and detail

  • MEAL SERVICE:  The volunteers in this position serve the meals for the host families.  It can be the same group who prepared the meals.  We will have a maximum of 4 families consisting of no more than 14 people.  The families will have adults and children.  The exact number will be known by Wednesday the week before the host week.  This position is perfect for a group of people (bible study groups, home small groups…) to work together on one meal.  3 to 4 people should collaborate with each dinner.

Meals need to be served Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  We are responsible for providing Dinner, a light “continental” style breakfast, and materials for a sack lunch.  Meals will be served from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM each evening.  This group will set the tables in the eating areas, serve the food and clean up after the meal.

The volunteers in this group will work with the Meal Coordinator who will schedule the meals and work with the meal providers on menus and details.

  • EVENING ACTIVITIES VOLUNTEERS:  These volunteers will spend the evening (7:00 to 9:00 PM) with the host families doing various activities with the families and providing general assistance to the families as needed.  Some of this may be working with the children assisting with homework or reading stories… etc.
  • OVERNIGHT HOST VOLUNTEERS: These volunteers will spend the night (9 PM to 7:30 AM) at the church with the host families.  They will act as first level contacts for the families staying at the church and provide assistance as necessary for the families welfare.  People in this position must be adults, but families with older children could fill this position.
  • TAKE DOWN TEAM:  The setup team removes the mattress bed pads from the rooms and loads them into the trailer.  They take down the rooms, store materials in the appropriate storage places and prepare the rooms for church use.  This team works early Sunday morning at the end of the host week, starting about 7 AM before church.  When this team is complete the rooms should be ready for the church use.

Mandatory Training Session (for volunteers interacting with guests) – Stay tuned for dates and times for the next training.
Next Family Promise Hosting Week: February 2-9, 2020