We prepare living quarters for the guests by converting meeting rooms into temporary bedrooms for the quests. Beds are delivered from the congregation that hosted the guests the preceding week. Set-up includes moving furniture, making welcome signs, setting-up roll-away beds, moving luggage, etc.
A volunteer drives the Family Promise van from the host site at 7 in the morning to the Family Promise day site to drop off guests. The driver then returns the van to the host congregation. Another volunteer picks up the guests from the day site at 5 p.m. and drops them off at the host congregation.
At some congregations, a volunteer Greeter is responsible for unlocking the facilities at 5 p.m. The Greeter then greets the guests when they arrive and assists them during the down time before dinner.
Evening Dinner Host
Prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal each evening and share the meal with our guest families. Everyone (hosts and guests) helps in cleaning up. It is usually easiest to prepare the meal at home and simply heat it and do last minute preparations at the congregation. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.
After dinner, there is time for the guests to participate in weekly adult classes, relax, and prepare sack lunches for the following day. Volunteers set out items for the lunches and the guests prepare the lunches for themselves and their families. There are opportunities for children to do homework, play, watch TV, or participate in supervised activities (crafts, for example). Volunteers are sometimes expected to watch the children during the weekly classes. Guests may be taken to shower or laundry facilities if these amenities are not located at the congregation.
Two people stay overnight with the guests each night, usually one male and one female. The hosts do not have to stay awake. Overnight hosts are there to assist guests with any personal needs or emergencies. Quiet time is at 9 p.m. and guests are asked to retire to their rooms at 10 p.m. The overnight hosts make sure the doors are locked and everyone is safely in before they retire. In the morning guests are to be awake at 6 a.m.
Guests wake up at 6 a.m. each day. The volunteers set out a nutritious breakfast and assist guests as they prepare for the day. A volunteer drives the guests to the day site at 7 a.m. in the Family Promise van. The hosts clean-up after breakfast and put the food away. Most congregations have a later hot breakfast on Saturday mornings or may keep the families for the entire day.
Guests return to the day site after they have prepared their belongings for moving. Volunteers will strip the beds and launder the bedding and towels. Volunteers transport the beds and guest belongings to the next congregation. Volunteers also clean the rooms and return them to their regular use. Equipment and supplies are returned to storage.
For more information or to volunteer, call 303.675.0713 or email