Safe Harbor at TC Presby
December 23 – December 30, 2017
Serving as a host for Safe Harbor is a very rewarding experience. The job of “Host” to persons experiencing homelessness creating friendships, and a community within the church. All shifts come with training, and first-time volunteers are always paired with a seasoned host.
First Time Volunteers – Please Download and Read This:
Safe Harbor Volunteer Workbook <Click Here
Serving as a volunteer for Safe Harbor is a very rewarding experience. All shifts require training and first-time volunteers are always paired with a seasoned volunteer.
Overnight Volunteer – 2 men and 2 women
8:30PM- 6:30AM Overnight hosts assist with the “winding down” of the evening and take turns monitoring the shelter overnight, making an hourly “sweep” of the shelter area and light cleaning, laundry, facility duties and taking out the trash. In the morning, volunteers prepare coffee for the breakfast. Overnight volunteers sleep in shifts. A safe, private sleeping area is provided for overnight volunteers.
Evening Volunteer – 4 people
5:30PM – 8:30PM Evening volunteers are the voices, ears, and hearts of the shelter. Volunteer assist staff with the operation of the shelter, share dinner with guests, and often enjoy playing cards and games, listening to guests and providing companionship (see checklist).
Team Leader – 1 person
5:30PM – 11:00PM The nightly team leader understands each role and helps direct the volunteers. Works with Dinner, Evening Hosts and Welcomes overnight hosts.
Breakfast Volunteer – 2 people
6:00AM – 8:30AM The breakfast crew manages the continental breakfast. Duties include setting up, monitoring, and putting away breakfast foods, washing and putting away dishes, and cleaning up kitchen and dining tables.
Cleaning Volunteer – 2 people
6:30AM – 8:30AM Volunteers manage medications, ensure guests are up and ready for departure by 7:45AM and clean the facility. Please be sure to complete a sweep of the building to ensure all guests have departed (see cleaning checklist).
Dinner Volunteers – A group of at least 5-6 people
4:00PM – 7:30PM (Volunteers needing access to the shelter earlier may contact their church coordinator) Usually conducted by a pre-organized group of people. This shift requires that you prepare a hot meal for as many as 70 guests (typically 55). Soups, Stews, and other “buffet” style meals work best. In an effort to not repeat main dish menu item, your church’s leader will coordinate meals. Your team will serve the meal, wash and put away dishes, clean and sanitize the kitchen and serving area, and take care of any leftover food. Detailed kitchen info will be provided to meal crews.