TYPICAL HOST WEEK

During the week there are a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Some congregations have a different member for each slot; others have volunteers take on multiple roles. Volunteers come from the host and support congregations and are assigned duties by the Volunteer Coordinators—members of the host congregation who oversee the week. 

 

Sunday:
SundayPictureA Network truck or van arrives in the afternoon with cots and the families’ personal belongings to be set up in designated spaces.

Guest families arrive at the Host congregation Sunday evening. The rooms for the families and the common area have been set up prior to the arrival.

 

EachNightHosting Each night of hosting:
Families settle in, relax and meet the coordinators and the evening volunteers. At 6 p.m. dinner is served family style. Guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with clean up and chores.

After dinner, volunteers fellowship with families. Hosts and their families play games, help with homework, watch videos, or just talk.

Food for lunch is available in the kitchen area and parents make sack lunches for their families for the following day.

LadyinOverAdults turn in around 9 p.m.; children at appropriate earlier bedtimes. Wake up is around 6 a.m. Two volunteers will spend the night at the congregation.

Breakfast is served around 6:30 a.m. during the week; typically cereal and other covenient foods. Families leave around 7 a.m. in a church van or the network van.

 

 deskDuring the day (Families are not at the congregation):
The driver takes the guests to the Day Center and may assist with some school drop offs.

If the parents do not have a job, they work with the staff at the Day Center to seek employment, housing, and other resources to help them regain their independence. The Day Center has bathrooms with showers and other necessities to prepare for the day.

Everyone returns to the Host Congregation around 5:30 p.m. and the cycle repeats.

 

SaturdaySaturday:
On Saturday the families are picked up from the congregation at 9 a.m. This enables guests to sleep in a bit and/or share a hot breakfast prepared by the volunteers.

 

 

The next Sunday:
BabyLayingOn Sunday the families are packed up and out of the facilities prior to Sunday services. The families help to clean the rooms and leave them ready for set-up of the congregation Sunday activities. They are taken to the Day Center for the day until it is time to move on to the next congregation.

 …and the next host congregation begins its week.

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