OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 4
WUMC has a unique opportunity to help serve those impacted by homelessness in our community. Read on to find out more!
Mary’s Place is program that supports homeless women and children and has a day center and a rotating night shelter. The Rotating Night Shelter houses 14 (5-6 families) and moves to 13 different faith communities, each congregation hosting one week per quarter, four weeks per year.
As one of these faith communities, Ravenna United Methodist Church has offered to allow us to use their space to host the shelter. We can provide the staffing and they will provide the space. RUMC is next hosting Oct 28th-Nov 4th and has offered to share roles and shifts so that we can learn how the process works. If after this “trial” week, we want to commit to staffing a full week on our own, we can do so as the rotation schedule for 2015 will be set in a few weeks.
Shift descriptions are below. Sign up to help online here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4cafab238-marys
If you have questions, you can contact Jan Capps.
Mary’s Place Shift Descriptions
Ravenna United Methodist Church
Staff (Pastor / Church Officer / Coordinator) 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Prepare the church for the arrival of the guests and volunteers. Open the front (red) doors. Inspect the sleeping area and parlor to ensure they are prepared to receive guests. Adjust windows, air flow, and temperature if necessary. Check the phone for messages from volunteers and Mary’s Place. Meet with meal providers and evening shift volunteers to coordinate dinner and evening arrangements. Greet guests as they arrive and address complaints or special needs if required. On the first night, assist guests with settling in and storing personal items. Familiarize guests with facilities, schedules, chores, etc. Store guest medicines in the office. Each evening hold a quick pre-dinner meeting with the families to review policies, announce any special activities or schedule changes, and discuss any issues that may have arisen.
Meal Providers 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Prepare at home a nutritious dinner meal for up to 18 individuals including a main course, vegetables/fruits, bread, milk, and fruit juice. Arrive at the church in time to serve the hot meal at 6:00pm. Meals may be prepared at home and heated up at the church, but must be ready to be served at 6:00pm. You do not need to stay for the meal, but you are welcome to. Keep in mind that there are often dietary restrictions and that most of the guests are children. We will inform you of the specific dietary restrictions of the guests but generally it is a good idea to avoid pork, peanuts, and shellfish. Some popular meals include tacos, stews, chilies, stir-fries, chicken nuggets, lasagna, spaghetti, baked potatoes, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese.
Evening Staff Volunteers (2+ volunteers needed) 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Meet and review activities with the Church Staff member. Prepare the parlor for dinner, serve dinner, eat with the guests, supervise guests in dinner cleanup activities, and prepare the parlor for evening activities. Announce “lights out” at 9:00pm. Meet and review activities with the Night Staff Volunteers. Ensure exterior doors are locked prior to departure.
Activities Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Plan an after dinner activity for the families.
Night Staff Volunteers (2+ volunteers needed, at least 1 woman) 9:00pm – 5:45am
Meet and review activities with the Evening Staff Volunteers. Assist with “lights-out” if needed. Wake guests at 5:30am sharp (6:30 on Saturdays; no wake-up needed on Sundays). Help pack up leftovers from the previous evening’s meal to take to Mary’s Place. The leftovers will be served as part of lunch at the day shelter.
Morning Staff Volunteers 5:15am – 7:00am (8:00am Sat)
Meet and review activities with the Night Staff Volunteers. Assist with waking families at 5:30am sharp (6:30 on Saturdays; no wake-up needed on Sundays). Prepare the parlor for breakfast and set out cereal, milk, juice, yogurt cups, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, ziplock bags, spoons, cups, and bowls. Assist with breakfast cleanup if necessary. Pack up leftovers from the previous evening’s meal to take to Mary’s Place. The leftovers will be served as part of lunch at the day shelter. Ensure all guests have departed the building by 6:40am (7:40am on Saturday). Guests with their own transportation are required to leave at the same time as all other guests.
Morning Van Driver 6:30am-7:30am (7:30–8:30 Sat)
Drive the 10-passenger van to take families to Mary’s Place. Arrive at the church no later than 6:30am for a 6:40am departure (7:40am on Saturdays). Please take the leftover food to Mary’s Place. Return the van to the church.
Afternoon Van Driver 4:30pm-5:30pm
Drive the 10-passenger van to pick up the families from Mary’s Place. Arrive at the church at 4:30pm to pick up the van. Pick up the families from Mary’s Place at 5pm and return to the church.
Sunday Afternoon Volunteers (Dividable into multiple short shifts) 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Volunteers need to be present during the afternoon when the families have time to relax. Some families may stay while others depart for the day. This is an opportunity to relax with the guests and help them if they require any assistance during the day.
Set-up and Clean-Up Volunteers Tuesday mornings
Volunteers are needed for a variety of set-up and clean-up tasks including: clean-up and prepare sleeping areas; kitchen, parlor, and refrigerator clean-up; receive guests’ items from previous host site; load guests’ items into the van for transportation to the next host site; etc.
Another way to help is to donate supplies such as hand soap, non-sugary cereal, sandwich bread, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products.
If you would like to help in another way, please let us know!